School has been asked by the multi-agency strategic planning group to share the water safety information with pupils and parents/carers. The emergency services have concerns that, with schools closing early in the continuing hot weather, young people may be out more in the community and therefore need to raise awareness about the dangers of open water swimming.
Advice for staying safe around water
Never swim in open water when there are no life-guards present
Stop and think – spot the dangers. Don't jump or dive into open water; submerged objects such as rocks may not be visible and can cause serious injuries
Be aware that there may be strong currents, even where the water surface appears calm
Weirs, locks, pipes and sluices are especially dangerous
Take note of warning signs, safety information or flags near the water's edge
Water can be very cold even in summer, causing cramp and breathing difficulties – these can affect even the strongest swimmer
Get out of the water as soon as you start to feel cold
Keep away from the river's edge and closely supervise young children at all times
Wear the recommended safety equipment for your activity, e.g. life jackets/helmets
Alcohol may impair your ability and judgment; never go swimming under the influence of alcohol
In an emergency, float
Call 999 or 112 in an emergency.