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Firefighters want you to know how to stay safe in the water

Evesham Editorial 16th Jun, 2018   0

LOCAL firefighters are supporting Drowning Prevention Week, a Royal Life Saving Society UK project.

Station Commander Steve Andrews from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said: “More than 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year and many more have near-drowning experiences, sometimes suffering life-changing injuries.

“With the weather getting warmer and the summer holidays coming up we are keen to highlight water safety awareness and encourage people, whatever their age, to take extra care and make sure they know the SAFE Code:

“Spot – Spot the dangers; Look for dangers whenever you are near water.

“Advice – Take advice: Read the signs, ask lifeguards and adults.

“Friend – Go with a friend: Always go with friends or family, it’s more fun and they can get help in an emergency.

“Emergency – Know what to do in an emergency: Call 999 and shout for help; never go in to the water to help someone.”

He also urged everyone to also take note of the following advice:

  • Don’t jump or dive into open water unless you know the depth. Submerged objects like rocks may not be visible and can cause serious impact injuries.
  • Be aware that there may be strong currents, even where the surface of the water appears calm. Don’t go near weirs, locks, pipes and sluices.
  • Take notice of warning signs, safety information or flags near the water’s edge.
  • Water can be very cold even in the summer causing cramp and breathing difficulties which can affect everyone regardless of their swimming ability.
  • Keep away from the river’s edge and closely supervise young children at all times.
  • Wear the recommended safety equipment for your activity, eg life jackets/helmets.
  • Be warned – airbeds, etc. can be carried into deep water and may not keep you afloat.
  • Consuming alcohol may impair your ability and judgment – alcohol and swimming should never be mixed.
  • Get trained in life saving and resuscitation techniques.
  • Teach children to swim and not to go into the water alone.

Visit HWFRS’s website at for additional water safety information or or @HWFireSafety

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