Warnings over water safety for people escaping heatwave

QUEENSLANDERS heading to the beach, dams and rivers are being urged to be safe in the water during the holiday season.

The warnings from Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle came as Surf Lifesaving Australia launched a national safety campaign on the beach.

Mr McArdle said holiday makers heading to regional dams and waterways should use common sense to ensure they and their families were safe this summer.

He said in dams, boaties should keep clear of swimmers and dam walls and visitors should always observe safety signs, never swim in fast-moving water and stay away from areas with debris.

"Campers, boaties and holiday makers are also advised to check the SunWater website before setting off, to ensure their preferred regional dam's recreational area meets their holiday needs," he said.

Mr McArdle's comments follow the launch on Sunday of a national Surf Lifesaving Australia campaign to ensure children are safe on the beach.

The campaign features surfer Sally Fitzgibbon with characters from the up-coming Smurfs 2 movie demonstrating safety tips for children in the surf.


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