Locals urged to stay safe
Whether you are hitting the road or remaining in town these holidays, local authorities are reminding residents to stay safe and sensible over the silly season.
Karratha police officer-incharge Senior Sergeant Andy Stevens said the exodus out of the Pilbara by road meant officers would focus on the “fatal five” traffic offences of speeding, drug and alcohol-impaired driving, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone while driving, and fatigue, from this week into the new year.
Sen. Sgt Stevens said people going away should also protect their properties from burglary and robbery as fewer people in town did not lessen the risk
“There are three main things to remember — make it harder for anyone who wants to break into your house to do so ... increase the likelihood that anyone who does try to break in will be seen ... and reduce the rewards for anybody who does try to break in,” he said.
Properly locking doors, windows and gates, bringing in bins, trimming bushes, activating sensor lights and alarms, and ensuring valuable items were not visible from windows were simple steps he said could make a big difference.
With a possible cyclone forecast around Christmas, Department of Fire and Emergency Services East Pilbara district officer Peter Cameron said now was the time to start preparing by doing a cyclone cleanup, securing loose objects around properties, and stocking up on emergency supplies.
“We do get cyclones around the Christmas and new year season, therefore people have to make sure their houses are secured and make sure anything they’re not using is tied down before they leave,” he said.
For those still at work over the holidays, WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said employers and employees needed to remain attentive despite the many festive season distractions.
“Both employers and workers can feel pressured to complete projects or tasks before taking a break for the festive season, but safe work practices should not be sacrificed in the process,” he said.
“Trying to get things done quickly can result in a lack of attention to detail, and one moment of inattention can easily lead to tragedy, with the impact being felt throughout the workplace, family, friends and the community.”
Mr Cameron said people driving out of town should also be aware of possible bushfires on the highway, check Main Roads advice before they leave and be prepared to take alternate routes if needed.