Safety and wellbeing tips

Sleep

Sleep

Sleep is essential for restoring physical and mental health. Most people need about 8 hours per night. A lack of sleep can cause fatigue, poor concentration, impaired judgement and slow reaction time.

For more information on what is sleep, how much sleep we need and how you can maximise your quality of sleep read the fact sheet from Corporate Bodies International.

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March 2018 - Flu season

Flu seasonFlu vaccination is reported as the most effective way to prevent the Influenza virus. Vaccination may help to reduce your chances of catching the illness and may also reduce severity if you do catch it. 

For more information on colds and flu prevention, vaccine facts & myths along with an interactive questionnaire to assist in your decision on whether to have the flu vaccinen, go to Flu Smart Website  or NT Government Flu Vaccination information website

The influenza virus strains included in the 2018 seasonal influenza vaccines are:

A (H1N1): an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus

A (H3N2): an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus

B: a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus

B: a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.

December 2017 - Christmas safety

Stay safe this Christmas holiday season

Food storage

Incorrect food storage can quickly lead to spoilage and subsequent food poisoning. The food groups deemed to be high-risk include meat, poultry, dairy, seafood, cooked rice/pasta and prepared salads. Depending on the particular food state, these high-risk foods should be stored at below 5oC, or above 60oC to avoid the ‘temperature danger zone’ – where bacteria multiply fastest. Correct storage containers help minimise bacteria growth, also in turn minimising the risk of becoming ill.

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Drink responsibly

You can monitor your drinking if you:

designate a driver who won’t drink and will get you home safely (refer Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes against Drink Driving website)
start with a non-alcoholic drink
eat before and while drinking to slow the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream
avoid salty snacks that make you thirsty and make you drink more
make every second or third drink non-alcoholic
try low-alcohol drinks
always keep your drink with you to minimise the risk of drink spiking

Where to get help

  • Your local doctor
  • Direct Line 1800 888 236 – A 24-hour confidential drug and alcohol and counselling service and referral line. They also have a website.
  • Counselling Online – A free online counselling and referral service.

Safe driving

Many of us will be travelling long distances to visit family and friends. It is important to be aware of the dangers you will face while driving long distances. The most serious danger is drowsy driving, where a driver is more tired than they may think they are, and simply drift off. Here are some strategies to help you get to your destination safely.

Lessen the drives – If possible, shorten the lengths of your long distance drives. This may take you a bit longer to get to your destination but it will give you a chance to take a break and rest more often.

Require breaks – There should be set limits for how far a driver can go at one time, as well as per day. Regular breaks should be taken ie 10 minutes after two hours of travel and 30 minutes after five hours of travel.

Share driving duty – If possible, driving duties should be shared among appropriate trained and licenced drivers. If you feel yourself becoming fatigued, stop and have a break as nothing except rest will alleviate the onset of fatigue.

Share driver’s experiences – Share your experiences on the roads with other drivers – such as what’s the best B&B to stay at, good rest stops (with good food and clean rest stop facilities), where road conditions are challenging and to take extra care, etc.

Keep in contact with drivers – Speaking regularly with your drivers during their shift (obviously hands free for the driver) is a way of checking up on how they’re feeling, and to find out if there is anything you need to know.

Safe driving, take care of yourselves and have a wonderful Christmas/New Year!

Source:  Safety Concepts
Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes against Drink Driving
National Candle Association

Christmas Light Safety

xmas treeChristmas lights are an exciting sign of the festive season, but if installed incorrectly can cause electric shock or fires.

Please keep in mind when decorating your home or garden, the potential hazards associated with electrical equipment.

Buy the indoor and outdoor lights for where they will be used.

Use Christmas lights that are marked suitable for outdoor usage outside.
Always check the voltage and verify it is compatible with the service outlet.
If you think children or animals may come into contact with Christmas light bulbs or cords, use low voltage lights.
Don’t forget to unplug the lights before you go to bed or leave the house. Let’s make electrical safety a priority when it comes to Christmas and party lights. Let’s stay safe this festive season and not burn our houses down.

 

Candle safety

candles burningA candle is an open flame, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn. Keep your home and family safe by following some simple candle safety rules.

Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.
Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing.
Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire.
Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.

To see more candle safety rules go to National Candle Association website.