Lo­cals urged to stay safe

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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