To stay safe during COVID-19 it is recommended to practice social distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres away from others. Avoid any physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses. Remember to stay at home and only go out if it is absolutely essential. Perhaps plan your essential trips at quiet times to avoid crowds. If paying for items, use alternative options like tap and go instead of cash.
Remember to be mindful of our most vulnerable people like our elderly who have a greater health risk if C0VID-19 is transmitted. Understandably social distancing can be difficult but it helps us to keep our loved ones safe.
Practice social distancing but be socially connected – technology provides us a great opportunity to practice social distancing without falling off the grid! Perhaps organise a video call to check that your family and friends continue to feel safe and connected.
For more information visit Queensland Health.
Now more than ever, we are spending time online to connect with family and friends, to learn and work, to shop and be entertained. It’s important to ensure that we stay safe when using the internet and ensure that we are protected from scams and fraud.
There are many ways to enhance your security when online. You can learn how to identify scams and report a scam by visiting Scamwatch or the Office of Fair Trading. The eSafety Commissioner provides tips to assist seniors to safely use the internet and advice for parents to help children safely navigate the internet.
- Use a peephole, door chain or a window to see who's at the door before opening it.
- Open your door only to people you know and trust.
- If someone is at the door and you are alone and feeling insecure, pretend there is someone else in the house (preferably a male).
- Don't give your name, phone number, address to unknown telephone callers.
- Make sure your house number is easy to see from the street both day and night.
- Trim bushes and trees that obscure windows and could be used as hiding places by intruders.
- Consider installing sensor lights that turn on when you come home at night.
- Have valuables engraved - contact your local police station for details.
- Consider keeping a dog.
- Plan at least two escape routes so you can leave your home quickly in an emergency.
- Store emergency numbers in the speed dials of your phone, or keep them written beside your phone.
Find out more information on senior safety.
Safehome is an initiative of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services that can assist householders to recognise fire and safety hazards in and around the home. Firefighters will visit residents upon request and advise on correct positioning of smoke alarms and discuss fire safety concerns. To find out more visit the website or phone 13 74 68.
If there's an intruder
- If you're at home and find an intruder, you could:
- activate the burglar alarm
- get to the nearest phone and quietly call the police
- switch on lights and make a lot of noise moving about, but do not confront the intruder.
- If the intruder confronts you, shout and scream if you believe this noise might be heard by a neighbour.
- If you arrive home and suspect an intruder is inside, do not enter the house. Go to a neighbour's house and call the police on Triple Zero (000). Keep out of sight and a safe distance from the house.
This information has been sourced from the handbook, 'Confident, Safe & Secure Living in Queensland' (Queensland Government, 2006).
For further information or to obtain a copy the handbook, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07 5581 6642.