How to have a safer festive season

PARAMEDICS have issued a warning to locals to not forget simple safety measures while celebrating this festive season.

Queensland Ambulance Service Metro South Local Ambulance Service Network (LASN) Assistant Commissioner Peter Warrener said the Christmas and New Year holiday period is a busy time for emergency services.

“Last Christmas/New Year holiday period the Metro South LASN responded to 16,752 emergency calls for help, including 342 on Christmas Day alone,” he said.


“Our Christmas list is for everyone to have a safe but fun holiday, and to call on us if you need help.”

Mr Warrener said holiday makers often forget simple safety measures when caught up in the excitement of arriving at their destinations.

“Take time to familiarise yourself with your location, particularly if you’re staying in holiday accommodation,” he said.

“In the event of any emergency, you’ll need to relay important information such as the phone number you’re calling from, your exact address, and nearby cross-roads or landmarks.

“Knowing these details will result in the fastest possible response.”

Mr Warrener said it was also important to take note of beach access numbers or specific track names to make finding you that much easier.

“If you’re at the beach or in a National Park, take note of your beach access code or the specific track number or name,” he said.

Mr Warrener said all holiday makers should have the Emergency+ App on their smartphone to help pinpoint their exact location in an emergency.

“Be prepared for the unexpected, download the Emergency+ app to your smartphone free from the Apple or Google stores before you hit the road,” he said.

“This App can help determine your GPS coordinates (location) to pass onto emergency services if an incident occurs.”

Mr Warrener said knowing what to do in an emergency could mean the difference between life and death.

“This festive season I urge everyone to complete a first aid course to learn the basics of cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR),” he said.

“Knowing what to do in an emergency could be the best present you will ever give someone in need.”

Mr Warrener said if you find yourself in an emergency situation during the holiday period, stay calm, call Triple Zero (000) and follow the instructions of the Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD).

“EMDs are trained to help you. They will stay on the line and give you first aid advice over the phone until paramedics arrive.”