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Ambulance officers ask you to keep new year safe

The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) is reminding people to take it easy this New Year’s Eve to ensure celebrations are as trouble-free as possible.

QAS Metro North Senior Operations Supervisor Warren Painting said additional staff have been rostered on across the state to ensure Queenslanders are safe.

“Traditionally, QAS experiences a significant increase in demand for service during New Year Eve celebrations, with peak periods in workload between 9pm and 4am,” he said.

“The fireworks event in Brisbane will be at Southbank Parklands with approximately tens of thousands of patrons predicted to attend, followed by the Bribie Island event.

“With the New Year’s public holiday falling on a Monday this year, extended celebrations are also likely to increase operational workload for QAS across the long weekend.

“High temperatures are also expected across Queensland this week, so keep hydrated by drinking water, stay out of the sun and avoid consuming alcohol throughout the day – you don’t want to cut your New Year’s Eve celebrations short.

“We hope everyone has a safe New Year, but if you do need us, always call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance.”

And here are some safety tips from police:

New Year’s Eve safety tips:

  • Use public transport or ride sharing services where possible and be patient with other commuters waiting for these services;
  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. If you feel threatened or find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, leave immediately and go to a place where you feel safe;
  • Trust your instincts and recognise warning signs;
  • Develop a network of people who will assist you in an emergency and let them know where you are going and when you are likely to return;
  • Look after your friends;
  • Consider the necessity of the items you are carrying in your handbag or wallet, and try to keep valuables to a minimum.

Safety tips for those planning on drinking on New Year’s Eve:

  • Plan ahead as to how many drinks you will have and stick to the plan by monitoring your drinking;
  • Book a ride home with a taxi or ride sharing service or designate a driver to ensure you and your friends get home safely;
  • Eat before and during drinking;
  • Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at a sensible pace;
  • Avoid mixing drinks and finish each drink before you have another;
  • Get involved in other activities, for example playing pool or dancing;
  • Do not leave drinks unattended;
  • Only accept drinks from people you trust. Watch the staff members as they make your drink; and
  • If someone offers to buy you a drink, go up to the bar with that person and accept the drink there.

Further information and personal safety tips can be located on the Queensland Police Service website at https://www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/cscp/default.htm

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