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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

ACT frontline services band together for a safe summer

Some of Canberra’s frontline services have banded together to remind local residents of their obligations to keep safe this summer, including the continuing fight against COVID-19.

ACT Health, ACT Policing and the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) are focusing on not only being COVID-cautious, but also the effects of warmer weather.

“While this summer will carry the same risks as previous years – like extreme heat and the potential for impacted air quality – it will also be our first full summer and festive season with COVID-19,” acting Chief Health Officer, Dr Vanessa Johnston said.

“This is traditionally a very social time of year when people get together in groups to celebrate the holidays, the end of the year, or even just the warmer weather, and it’s important this year that people take a few extra precautions.”

Canberrans are being encouraged to host Christmas parties or catchups in the outdoors and continue to consider hygiene practices for a safe summer.

All travellers are also being reminded to follow the ABC’s of COVID-safe behaviours: Avoid COVID-affected areas; Behave in a COVID-safe way; Check back on locations visited when you’re home.

ACT Policing Chief Police Officer Neil Gaughan said keeping these tips in mind when moving around Canberra was also encouraged.

“Now is not the time for complacency. You must still check into restaurants and provide your correct details, which has been shown to be very effective in helping to manage outbreaks interstate,” he said.

“Businesses have had it tough this year, so please be patient and follow staff directions. They’re doing their best to keep up with increased protocols so let’s spread the cheer and all keep safe.”

The ACT ESA has also jumped on board the initiative, warning Canberrans of the dangers of heat-related health.

ESA’s Chief Ambulance Officer Howard Wren said all Canberrans can be affected during the warmer months.

“Heat-related stress can even occur on normal summer days. Those most at risk include young children and babies, older people, pregnant women, people with a disability, and people who work or exercise outdoors,” he said.

“Symptoms of heat-related stress may include headaches, dizziness, faintness, nausea, and vomiting.

“If not spotted early and managed properly, people suffering from heat-related stress can potentially develop heat-stroke, which can be life-threatening.”

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