Extra care needed during Easter

AS SCHOOLS break for Easter, RACQ CareFlight Rescue crews are warning Ipswich holiday-makers to be vigilant about safety.

RACQ CareFlight Rescue performs almost double the number of rescues during school holiday periods and says simple safety measures could reduce accidents on the roads, outdoors and in backyards.

CareFlight chief executive officer Ashley van de Veld said they were always busier over the Easter and school holiday period, when more people were out and about enjoying the beautiful weather.

"It's not just the amount of missions that increase but the nature of the injuries are often far worse during these periods," Mr van de Velde said.

This time last year, the RACQ CareFlight crew was busy winching an injured bushwalker at Spicer's Peak in Queensland's Scenic Rim. The injured man spent two nights in the bush but survived thanks to a good supply of food, water, a charged mobile phone and flares.

"During school breaks, you always hear stories like this," Mr van de Velde said.

"We urge people to pack appropriate safety gear when venturing out to remote areas, but also to buckle up in the car, wear protective clothing when you're on a motorbike and life jackets when out on the water.

"Community safety is a shared responsibility and everyone plays a role."