SAFE HOLIDAY TIP #1: CELEBRATE WISELY

If you are going to drink alcohol, do so responsibly. Recommended guidelines say:

  • No more than 4 standard drinks for women
  • No more than 5 standard drinks for men

This is to prevent intoxication and injury. Visit www.alcohol.org.nz for more info.

SAFE HOLIDAY TIP #2: SUN SAFETY TIME

It’s easy to keep safe in the sun. Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat and wrap on your sunnies.

Sun protection is required from 8.55am – 5.30pm, even on cloudy days.

Go to www.sunsmart.org.nz for more sun safety information.

SAFE HOLIDAY TIP #3: SAFE SWIMMING

If we have had heavy rain, stay away from rivers and beaches for 48 hours.

Check out https://www.lawa.org.nz/explore-data/swimming for safe swimming spots.

Keep an eye on your children. Watch them all the time around water whether you are at the beach, river or in your backyard enjoying time in a swimming pool.

SAFE HOLIDAY TIP #4: HEALTHY SKIN

The warmer weather brings out the biting insects. Use insect repellent and wear clothes that cover areas that insects like to bite.

If you get bites, cuts or scratches remember to keep them clean and cover with a plaster, keep fingernails short to stop scratching and wash and dry hands well. Go to the doctor or nurse if your sore is not getting better.

SAFE HOLIDAY TIP #5: FOOD SAFETY

Enjoy BBQs with family and friends.

Clean: Good food hygiene starts with clean hands, cooking area and cooking tools.

Cook: Make sure food is cooked through to kill harmful bacteria. Cook your chicken and meat thoroughly. Keep salads covered and cool.

Cover: Cover your left overs and put them in the fridge so they can be eaten the next day.

HEALTHLINE

If you or a member of your family become unwell over the holidays and you are out of the area, or unsure if your local doctor is available, call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for free advice, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Last updated 20 December 2019.