Don’t let the heat melt your judgement

With the Bureau of Meteorology warning that Queensland is set to experience a heatwave this weekend, Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is expecting large crowds at the beach as people try to escape the heat.

SLSQ lifesaving services coordinator Jason Argent is appealing to all beachgoers to do the right thing and not jeopardise their safety in and around the water.

“Our message is pretty simple and very clear: when you head to the beach for a swim do it at a patrolled location and between those red and yellow flags,” he said.

“This weekend is expected to be hot, and we are well prepared for large crowds on the beach, but we want all our assets to be able to focus their attention where it should be – on those who are doing the right thing and swimming between the flags.

“From our experience, when it’s busy people seem to think they just might go a bit further down for a swim, but that puts an incredible strain on our resources when we have to divert our assets to perform rescues outside the flags. Don’t let the heat melt your judgement; take into consideration your own safety and the safety of others, and make it a priority,” Mr Argent said.

Beach safety tips:

• Swim at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags
• Ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for advice
• Always swim with a friend where possible
• Don’t swim at night or after consuming alcohol
• If you find yourself in trouble, don’t panic. Stick your hand up for help.

Inland water safety tips:

• Beware of strong currents and undertows at rivers and creeks
• Exercise caution when entering the water as there may be submerged logs, rocks, or other objects beneath the surface
• Don’t swim at night or after consuming alcohol
• Swim with a friend where possible
• Supervise young children in and around the water.

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