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ACC Urges Extra Care over Holidays

ACC Urges Extra Care over Holidays

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) today wished New Zealanders a happy holiday but urged them to take extra care on the roads, in the water and at home.

“Traditionally Christmas is a time when we see more injuries on the roads, in the water and even at home. The graph below shows last year's figures, with a surge in ACC claims following the holidays. There are some simple rules we would urge people to follow to keep safe”, says Jennifer Brown, Public Safety Programmes Manager for ACC.

On the roads:
We want people to take care getting to and from their holiday
- Have a good sleep before your start driving
- Share the driving
- Plan the trip, stop every two hours so you can have a break

In the water:
We also want people to be safe around beaches, rivers and pools.
- swim between the flags and never swim alone
- check for hidden objects in rivers
- on a boat wear a life jacket
- always supervise children near water

At home:
And if you're just staying home doing some DIY make sure you have the proper safety gear and take care of your back when lifting.

And wherever you are keep an extra eye out for the kids.

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