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
- 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.
- Swim between the flags. This is the safest area for swimming and the lifeguards can easily see you if you need help.
- 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.
- Become familiar with the fire danger rating system, and keep note of the rating for your area.
- If you think you might be at risk from a bushfire, leave and get to a safe area.
- 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: