Bushwalkers and campers told to plan ahead

HOLIDAY-makers are being urged not to become a statistic when heading into the great outdoors over the upcoming back-to-back long weekends.

Bushwalkers and campers are being encouraged to plan ahead and adopt a safety-first attitude.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Lee Johnson said it was important for campers and bushwalkers to know their holiday address or location.

"It is important people know their holiday address, beach access or GPS co-ordinates should they require emergency assistance," he said.

"Minutes can be cut off response times by knowing your exact location and in some circumstances, could be the difference between life and death."

Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey said campers must be aware of the rules and regulations around lighting campfires and parents should educate their children about being responsible around fire.

"If you are lighting a campfire, make sure it is in a cleared area, away from your sleeping area, where there are no overhanging branches and minimal grass and scrub," he said.

"It is essential that campfires are contained and watched at all times and they must always be extinguished with water."

Mr Dempsey also encouraged outdoor enthusiasts to plan ahead for any bushwalking adventures.

"Bushwalking is a great family activity while on holidays, but in the rush and excitement of heading out, safety preparations are often overlooked and compromised," he said.

"Let people know where you plan to trek to and the approximate time you will return by, make sure you're wearing suitable footwear and pack additional clothing in case the weather changes.

"Items such as a first-aid kit, thermal blanket, appropriate sleeping equipment, ample water and navigational devices are important for longer journeys."



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