Summer safety tips

Summer is here and it’s a great time to discover Victoria. Whether you're visiting the beach, taking a road trip, or exploring the city, follow these tips to stay safe.

At the beach

  1. Never go swimming alone, even if you’re a confident swimmer. Always have at least one other person with you if you are in or near the water, in case you get into trouble.
  2. Swim between the flags. This is the safest area for swimming and the lifeguards can easily see you if you need help.
  3. Learn how to recognise a rip current. They can be hard to see and very dangerous. Watch these useful videos about rip currents, available in different languages, to learn more.

Fire safety

  1. Become familiar with the fire danger rating system, and keep note of the rating for your area.
  2. If you think you might be at risk from a bushfire, leave and get to a safe area.
  3. Even if you’re just relaxing at home, you can still be at risk if your smoke alarm is not working. Be sure to maintain and test your smoke alarm on a monthly basis.

Important tip! Wear a strong sunscreen, even if the weather is cloudy. The Australian sun is very strong!

For detailed safety information and resources, check out these resources: