safety reminder - lakes, rivers, canals
Even good swimmers can be caught out by hidden dangers
Firefighters are urging people not to be tempted to take a dip in rivers, lakes or canals during the current hot weather.
- Risk of drowning.
- Risk of catching diseases including Weil's disease - any open wounds can become infected.
- Water can be deep with hidden hazards such as shopping trolleys, fishing hooks, broken glass or water weed.
- Water stays very cold and swimmers can catch hypothermia.
- Remote sites also make it hard for the emergency services to reach casualties.
Richard asked people to remember these safety tips:
- The safest place to swim is in a supervised swimming pool. The water is clean, clear and warm, and there are lifeguards on hand if something goes wrong.
- Warn your children of the risks, and know where they are when they are out playing.
- Act responsibly near water, and never swim, even where allowed, after drinking alcohol.
- If you see a swimmer is in difficulty or there is a risk of drowning, call 999
- At home, keep small children away from ponds and pools and make sure they are supervised in the bath.