Stay safe around waterways
As summer warms up, NSW Member for Murray Austin Evans is urging community members to stay safe in and around the water, as the NSW Government launches its 2018 water safety advertising campaign.
‘‘Last summer, 36 people tragically drowned in NSW waterways, and seven of those were between Christmas and January 2, 2018,’’ he said.
‘‘While this is an improvement on the 2016-17 summer, we want everyone to return home safely from their day at the beach, river or pool.
‘‘Each year, men aged between 18 and 24 are overrepresented in our state’s drowning deaths and I am urging them to swim between the flags, look out for their mates and don’t drink alcohol or take drugs before swimming.’’
Based on the findings of a Royal Life Saving NSW report, the Be Water Safe, Not Sorry campaign aimed to drive home the very real risks associated with water and educate people on what they can do to stay safe, including: ● swim at patrolled beaches where possible — no flags means no lifesavers; ● stay sober — don’t drink or take drugs and then go swimming; and ● always supervise small children in or near water — don’t let phones or household jobs distract you.