Issued: 1 December 2017
To mark the first official day of summer, the NSW Government is calling on communities right across the state to do their bit to make this holiday season a safe one.
Minister for Police and Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said while December is typically a time for celebration, it is also disaster season and a period when tragic accidents can happen.
"Our emergency services do an incredible job, especially at this time of year when they sacrifice time with their own friends and loved ones to respond to all kinds of incidents. But they cannot be relied on to do it all," Mr Grant said.
"Whether you are staying home this Christmas season or getting away to enjoy all NSW has to offer, the message remains the same: Get ready, act responsibly and look out for those around you.
"Do not to let poor planning or careless behaviour ruin what should be a time for celebration and fun. Make this summer memorable for all the right reasons."
Now is the time to get ready. These are some of the easy steps you can take to help protect your loved ones and property this summer:
Last summer, there were 41 drowning deaths in NSW and 75 people lost their lives on our roads.
Over the same period, the state experienced over 4,800 bush and grass fires. Eight of these fires and two severe storms resulted in natural disaster declarations. Both the NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW State Emergency Service have already issued warnings that NSW will likely experience bushfire conditions and severe weather events over the summer.
For more information on how you can get ready and prepare for a safe summer, visit