Queenslanders are being urged to stay safe this festive season and to place the safety and wellbeing of children and young people as paramount on all occasions.
Queensland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, Elizabeth Fraser, said the holiday season comes with added safety risks for children and young people.
"As the weather heats up, I urge everyone to be active in watching out for children in and around water, especially the ocean, pools and dams," she said.
"In 2010-11, 14 children and young people drowned.
"Tragically, six of the these deaths over the past year were caused by the January floods that affected so much of Queensland.
"Children between one and four years of age are at greatest risk of drowning due to their increased mobility and curiosity, and their lack of awareness of risks.
"It is essential that children are close by and in the direct line of sight of an adult at all times while in or around water.
"As the storm season approaches, I urge everyone to be particularly vigilant around dams and creeks that can rise rapidly during and after storms."
Ms Fraser also encouraged families to stay safe while on the roads.
"I encourage all drivers to be cautious on the roads and take note of changing road and weather conditions to avoid potentially fatal situations," she said.
"This includes avoiding ‘drinking and driving’ – think ahead to arrange alternative transport or have a designated driver on hand to keep everyone safe on the trip home from festivities."
Ms Fraser looks forward to working with the many dedicated and committed people who share the Commission’s focus in protecting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, particularly those who are most at risk and vulnerable, in 2012.
"Children and young people consistently tell us what they value most of all is a loving and supportive family environment, and spending quality time with important people in their lives,” she said.
"I wish for everyone to have a very safe and enjoyable festive season."
Last Updated: December 23, 2011