Stephen Bromhead  Member for Myall Lakes  is urging residents to stay safe this summer while enjoying the benefits of living in a regional community.

Bushfire survival plans, swimming between the flags and safe driving are just some of the tips the State’s emergency services agencies are urging NSW residents to follow ahead of summer.

“We are currently seeing soaring temperatures and unprecedented dry conditions so it is crucial people act in a way that is safe for the wider community, Mr Bromhead said.

‘Whether you are catching up with friends over Christmas, hosting a BBQ or enjoying the outdoors, it is essential you are prepared and aware of any risks that may arise.

“Myall Lakes is one of the most beautiful places in the world and I actively encourage people to take advantage of that, but it is important to remember we all need to stay safe.”

Deputy Premier and Leader of the NSW Nationals John Barilaro encouraged people to be vigilant when capitalising on the lifestyle benefits of regional NSW.

“NSW is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and scenic country in the world, however spending time in the great outdoors does come with some risks,” he said.

“Swim at patrolled beaches, stay between the flags, always check conditions before heading out and wear a life jacket when boating or rock fishing.”

Boaters should also Log On with Marine Rescue NSW on their marine radio on VHF Channel 16 or via the free MarineRescue app. If you’re not back safely as planned, our professional volunteers will launch a search for you

There are five simple steps to get ready for summer:

  1. Know your risk – think about the area you live in and the types of disasters that could affect you
  2. Make a plan – sit down with your family and make a plan for what you will do if a disaster affects your area
  3. Get your home ready – prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance
  4. Be aware – connect with your local emergency services personnel to find out how to prepare and what to do if there is a disaster in your area
  5. Look out for each other – share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance

For more information on how to get ready for summer,visit  https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/getready