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  1. The Pom Queen

    Australian Beach Warnings - The SUN

    Yes I know you wouldn't think so, if you asked people what the dangers of going down to the beach are they would probably say being eaten by a shark etc, but the biggest danger is the SUN [YOUTUBE]YzYHwzSE1VY[/YOUTUBE] Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. We get friends and family coming over and every time I warn them not to stay out in the sun too long, 30 minutes is enough, and do they listen:no::no::no: Skin cancer now accounts for over 80 per cent of all cancer diagnosed in Australia. More than 440,000 Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer every year - 434,000 with non-melanoma skin cancer and 10,600 with melanoma. Over 1,600 people die from skin cancer each year. Skin cancer costs the health system around $300 million each year. On a fine January day in Australia, you can get burnt in less than 15 minutes. Each year, Australians are four times more likely to develop a common skin cancer than any other form of cancer.
  2. The Pom Queen

    Australian Beach Warnings - Rips

    It's getting that time of year when everyone will be heading to the beach, for new arrivals please can I take this opportunity to provide the following warning. RIPS This has to be the main cause of drownings/rescues in Australia. A rip is a strong current which begins close to the shore and runs away from the beach. Rips can easily sweep you out to sea from really shallow water. To avoid being caught in a rip always swim between the flags and observe the safety signs. [YOUTUBE]1OebiHik0aI[/YOUTUBE] Common Signs of a rip are: Darker Water, indicating deeper water. Murky Brown water caused by sand stirred up in faster water. A choppy rippled look when other areas look calm In large surf a much smoother surface with smaller waves. An area with a few breaking waves on the beach Foam or Debris floating out to sea. If you find yourself caught in a rip the best advise I can offer is DON'T PANIC other things are: Raise your arm to signal you need help Do NOT try to swim back to shore and against the current, you won't get anywhere and you will soon get exhausted. Swim Parallel to the beach. and remember: [YOUTUBE]n8WOlrVHfMw[/YOUTUBE]
  3. The Pom Queen

    Weather Alerts and Updates

    I thought I would start this thread so that all the weather alerts, warnings etc can be found quickly if required. I am sure there are others I have missed off so please feel free to add to them. Victoria For Fires - http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/incidents/incident_summary.htm Weather - http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/warnings Queensland Fires: http://www.fire.qld.gov.au/ http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au Weather: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings WA Fire: http://www.fesa.wa.gov.au/alerts/Pages/default.aspx Weather: http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings SA Fires: http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/home.jsp Fires: http://www.mfs.sa.gov.au Weather: http://www.bom.gov.au/sa/warnings NSW Fires: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/dsp_content.cfm?cat_id=683 Fires: http://www.nswfb.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=202 Weather: http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/ NT Fires: http://www.pfes.nt.gov.au/fire-and-rescue.aspx Weather: http://www.bom.gov.au/nt/
  4. Why are beach safety flags important to you? Every beach has permanent and occasional hazards that you may need to look out for. To assist you in looking out for these hazards and to show supervised areas, lifesaving services use a number of safety flags. What do the beach safety flags look like and what do they mean? The red and yellow flags show the supervised area of the beach and that a lifesaving service is operating. No red and yellow flags indicates there is no supervision. NO FLAGS = NO SWIM Indicates that the beach is closed and that you should not enter the water. Indicates the area where board riding and surfing is not permitted. Indicates that there are potential hazards in the water. Look out for the yellow warning sign that should be displayed with the yellow flag for further advice. Emergency evacuation, leave the water immediately.
  5. landv

    Bushfire warnings in Perth

    Latest warnings from the FESA website. A bushfire Emergency Warning has been issued for people in Brigadoon, Baskerville, Millendon, Red Hill and Herne Hill in the City of Swan. There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. A bushfire Emergency Warning has also been issued for people in the south western parts of Roleystone and south east part of Kelmscott in the City of Armadale. There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. Please refer to the FESA website www.fesa.wa.gov.au for the latest updates. Keep safe everyone.
  6. calNgary

    Evacuation warnings ??????

    I am listening (ish) to the TV whilst on here and there has just been another evacuation notice to part of the Lockyear valley. This area isnt a million miles from us and we have a few PIO members live in the area, does anyone know a site OTHER THAN BOM were i can find new up to date info on this evacuation etc, im struggling getting anything from google. Thanks Cal x
  7. tracy123

    Warnings about Australia.

    This thread is not an attack on Australia, more simply warnings so you are better aware of things you may face, some of them are things you should already know while I’m sure others will be little gems that will help you out no end. Anyone who has made the move to Australia, what pitfalls have you faced that you may not of thought of or Gee I wish someone would of told me that or I should of know that! For all of those people renting for the 1st time in a long time make sure you send complaints and issues in writing also make sure all of their promises are written and signed..... May sound an, I already know that tip, but look back and see all of the complaints people have about real estate agents! Open to you
  8. connaust

    House Price Bubble Warnings....

    Melbourne Age newspaper editorial titled: A housing boom doesn't mean houses for all Here and in Australia's other big cities, housing prices are on the rise again. And, as always, the soaring prices carry both good and bad news. As Age economics editor Tim Colebatch argued on our opinion page earlier this week, property prices cannot balloon indefinitely. ''Melbourne house prices have trebled since 1997,'' he wrote, ''not because our incomes trebled but because we paid those prices by a massive increase in debt.''
  9. Hi, We now have severe weather warnings here in NSW which has been placed top priority, King tides, flash flooding,abnormally high tides,winds at 90km/h mainly in the Hunter & metropolitan areas at the mo but supposedly spreading to other areas of NSW. SES numbers have also now been issued I remember the bad storms last year the same first 2 weeks of june too, so many peeps lost so much and took weeks & weeks for many to get back to normal,which caused so much heartache, upset & cost - guess its time too batten down the hatches & ride it out.:unsure: (wyong river & tuggerah lakes on flood alert, remember tuggerah mcdonalds under water last year (it was not good all the buns got soggy !!!) How are you guys in other states of oz doing, is your weather calm????