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Be Water Aware

On average, more than 400 people drown in the UK each year and nearly 60% of these are children and young people. Most drownings are preventable, water may look safe, but it can be very dangerous.

Learn to spot dangers and keep away from them. You may be a good swimmer in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you will be able to swim in cold water. Learn and follow the SAFE code around water:

Spot the dangers
Check for hazards such as strong currents
Consider what could be hidden under the water - hidden rubbish, shopping trolleys, broken glass
Be careful of unsafe banks and stay well away from the edge

Advice
Always read the safety signs
Only swim where there is a lifeguard and wear buoyancy aids and life jackets

Friends
Swim with your friends and family
Never swim alone, friends can get help if you get into trouble

Emergency
What to do in an emergency - Call 999.....DO NOT ENTER THE WATER
Talk....can you see, and speak to the casualty?
Throw....Is there anything you can throw to help them?
Reach….is there anything you could use to reach out?

Be careful as most victims are would–be rescuers!

For further information and resources, please see the links below:

http://www.rlss.org.uk/water-safety/water-safety/  

http://www.rospa.com/leisure-safety/water/advice/children-young-people/  

Last updated: 16 June 2017

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