Stay­ing safe in sum­mer hol­i­days

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

Water safety, re­spon­si­ble drink­ing and keep­ing safe in the sun are some of many sum­mer safety mes­sages be­ing pro­moted at Mar­ton’s Hol­i­day Safety Day early next month.

These im­por­tant sum­mer mes­sages will be the sub­jects of pub­lic talks and stalls tak­ing place on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7, 10am to 2pm at Memo­rial Hall, Welling­ton Rd, which lead or­gan­iser and Plun­ket com­mu­nity sup­port co-or­di­na­tor Heidi Wright says lo­cal agen­cies are keen to be part of.

Along with ex­perts pre­sent­ing ad­vice on how to stay safe dur­ing sum­mer, there will be talks on dog safety, fire safety, skin safety and very im­por­tantly — safety around rivers and pools.

“Water safety is one of the key mes­sages of the day,” says Ran­gi­tikei Health Cen­tre pub­lic health nurse Mar­i­lyn Archibald.

“The number of river drown­ings in our re­gion is high so it’s im­por­tant to get the swim safely mes­sage out there. A to­tal of 105 peo­ple drowned in Aotearoa last year, and trag­i­cally, there have been river and beach drown­ings in our district dur­ing the last four years. This is go­ing to be a hot sum­mer so we want swim­mers to take care.

“Re­spon­si­ble drink­ing as well as ve­hi­cle safety are also timely mes­sages with the fes­tive sea­son just around the cor­ner.

“We’ll have in­for­ma­tion about road safety, bi­cy­cle safety, driver’s li­cence re­quire­ments and the im­por­tance of safe use of children’s car seats. We also want to make peo­ple aware of the dan­gers of back­ing ve­hi­cles in drive­ways — and the risks of not al­ways be­ing able to see children in the rear view mir­ror.”

An­other fo­cus of the day is safe in­fant sleep­ing which co­in­cides with the 7 De­cem­ber Na­tional Safe Sleep Day ded­i­cated to raise aware­ness about Sud­den Un­ex­pected Death in In­fants (SUDI). To mark Na­tional Safe Sleep Day, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Whanganui Re­gional Health Net­work (WRHN) will be on­site pro­mot­ing Pepi Pods and Wa­hakura (made of wo­ven flax) plus shar­ing other tips for safe in­fant sleep­ing. A water-only re­fresh­ment stand and free sausage siz­zle will be on­site at the Safety Day. Groups tak­ing part in­clude: Whanganui District Health Board, Te Ko­tuku Hauora, Plun­ket So­ci­ety, Surf Lifesaving New Zealand, New Zealand Po­lice, Ran­gi­tikei District Coun­cil, Hori­zons Road Safety, Whanganui Re­gional Health Net­work, Whanganui Re­gional Health Net­work, Can­cer So­ci­ety Sun Safety, South­ern Ran­gi­tikei Vet Ser­vices, Whanganui Quit Clinic (Smoke­free), New Zealand Fire Ser­vice and St John Am­bu­lance.

Fire and water safety will be part of the mes­sage at Mar­ton’s Hol­i­day Safety Day.

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