Ready for some #SummerVibes? Make the most of the break – and win amazing prizes!
Welcome to summer! After one of the longest and most challenging years we’ve ever known, the arrival of summer seems to bring with it the possibility of rejuvenation, reconnection and restoration. As the year winds down, let’s all embrace the chance to take a break from the routines of study or work, head into the great outdoors, and catch up with friends and family.
We’re on a mission to get everyone at Deakin feeling these #SummerVibes, and to help you make the most of this special time while staying happy, healthy and safe. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing lots of information, advice and tips, on everything from avoiding the horrors of sunburn to how you can celebrate the festive season on a budget.
We’re so excited about summer that we’re also giving away a bunch of prizes! See below for your chance to win an awesome summer pack this week.
But first let’s kick things off with some essential tips on how to keep yourself – and others – safe this summer.
How to avoid common summer hazards
Protect yourself from sun exposure
Sunburn is no fun – skin can burn in the Aussie sun in just 15 minutes and we have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the sun – you just have to be sun smart by following the five ‘s’ words: slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.
Visit the Cancer Council website for a range of helpful information and resources on sun safety, and book in for a skin check at the Deakin Medical Centre.
Take care while swimming
Do you know what a rip is and how to swim your way to safety? Victoria has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, but they can be unpredictable and dangerous, even for confident swimmers.
Always swim at a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags, and never swim alone or after you’ve been drinking alcohol. The BeachSafe app locates nearby patrolled beaches and where there might be hazards in the water. Visit Play it Safe by the Water and LifeSaving Victoria for more information and resources.
Be on guard in the great outdoors
Last year’s bushfires – dubbed the ‘Black Summer’ – were some of the worst in Australia’s history. If you live in or visit a rural area, you need to be aware of the bushfire rating and be prepared for any emergency. A simple way to do this is by downloading the VicEmergency app (AppStore and Google Play) and setting up notifications for your area.
Other things to be aware of when you’re in the bush are wildlife, bugs and mosquitoes, snakes, swimming in inland waterways such as rivers and lakes, and bushwalking risks – read up before you leave home and plan accordingly. Always carry plenty of drinking water.
Stay safe on the road
If you’re heading off in the car, keep yourself and others safe by always driving within the speed limit at all times. Never drive when you’re tired, when you’ve had alcohol or drugs, or while using your mobile phone.
If you’re catching public transport by yourself at night, wait in well-lit areas near transport or security staff and download a timetable or app so you don’t have to wait for long. Once on board, sit near the driver or other people. If you’re cycling, you must wear a helmet, and if riding at night remember to don bright-coloured clothing and use a bike light.
And don’t forget that we still need to be COVIDSafe, so make sure you follow all current restrictions and socially distance where possible. Visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website for information, updates and advice.
Win a Deakin summer pack worth $200!
Want to soak up some #SummerVibes in style? We thought so! To help you do just that, we’re giving away one awesome summer pack – featuring a Crumpler backpack, a UE Wonderboom waterproof bluetooth speaker and other summer essentials worth a cool $200.
To enter, complete the below form – and make sure you answer the question (hint: you’ll find the answer somewhere in this blog!). Entries close at noon on Wednesday 9 December. We’ll announce the winner in our next #SummerVibes blog, to be published on Thursday 10 December.
And remember to keep an eye out for more blog giveaways in December and January!
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