Keeping you and your family safe
StreetNet is all about connecting you with your neighbours and neighbourhoods, but it’s important to consider a few safety tips to keep you and your family safe.
- Follow the “A Guide to a Great Door Knock” on the resources page
- Look out for your neighbours and report crime to police. Call 131 444, or 000 for emergencies
- Children participating in any StreetNet street party, activity, event or initiative must be supervised by their parents at all times.
- Families and individuals participate in StreetNet initiatives at their own risk (don’t worry, we’ve got a heap of safety information and tips and tricks to ensure your safety).
- It’s great to encourage young people to get involved. But make sure you chat to a parent or guardian before encouraging any young people to be involved in your StreetNet, or enlisting their help in any events or initiatives. Ensure you have their parent or guardian's consent and support first.
Health and Safety Information – Advice regarding COVID-19
Exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures
- Keep a minimum of 1.5m distance from others – stand back from the front door.
- Do not enter a person’s home.
- Avoid physical contact, do not shake people’s hands.
- Safe greetings include a wave or nod.
- Keep your visit short.
Follow good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating and going to the toilet.
- If you're delivering items to a neighbour, wash your hands before and after.
- Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Stay informed – follow COVID-19 updates
- Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/
- WA Department of Health: HealthyWA COVID-19
- Newman Futures Stronger Together COVID-19 Community Board: https://newman.commonfutures.com.au/
- Shire of East Pilbara: http://www.eastpilbara.wa.gov.au/Home
- Shire of East Pilbara COVID-19: http://www.eastpilbara.wa.gov.au/COVID-19-East-Pilbara-Update
Hosting your own StreetNet initiative?
Holding an event or activity does come with responsibilities. Here are some things to think about:
- Trips, Slips & Falls: Consider risks to attendees who are young or frail, and any potential for trips and falls. Poorly placed items, such as electrical cords, are a common problem.
- Burns, Breaks & Bumps: Risks include manual lifting, food preparation and handling, access to water and toilets, accessibility for older people or people with a disability, sunburn, fire or inclement weather, activities near the road and traffic, and alcohol consumption, smoking and drugs.
With care and consideration, risks can be mitigated and managed:
- Ensure you have hand sanitiser, paper towels and tissues available at your event or activity.
- Choose a venue away from the roadside. However, if you are hosting the get-together in your driveway – consider setting up some bunting or cones to ensure your guests don’t get too close to the road.
- If you’re planning on taking photos at the street party - you need to ask permission from your guests to take their photograph. Be aware of the law regarding photography of children. There are some simple permission forms you can download from “Resources”.
- Have a first aid kit that you can easily accessed during the street party, if required.
- Have sunscreen and mosquito repellent on hand.
- Keep noise to a reasonable level.
- Practice food safety. The Shire of East Pilbara website will have information available.
- Stick to the start and finish time of your event or activity.
- Have a wet or hot weather contingency plan.
- Appoint someone to escort any vehicles that need to get in or out, if applicable.
- Watch out for children near roads – remind parents they are responsible for their children’s safety during the event or activity.
- Think about child safety, especially around BBQs and any bodies of water, including access to yards with swimming pools.
- If you are expecting a large number of people you may need to contact The Shire of East Pilbara and may be required to complete an Event Application Form.
Hosting an initiative that might involve alcohol?
- Ensure you follow responsible service of alcohol practices:
- Have free drinking water available.
- If anyone looks like they are under the age of 18 – ask to see their ID.
- If at any time you feel uncomfortable or scared - contact the local police.