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Water Safety Week

Monday 13 April 2015 - Sunday 19th April 2015

All Day

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Summer is just around the corner so this week we will be promoting water safety. Here are some handy tips to ensure you stay safe:

  • Don’t jump or dive into open water unless you know the depth; 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
  • Avoid weirs, locks, pipes and sluices
  • 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
  • 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
  • Be warned: airbeds, etc. can be carried into deep water and may not keep you afloat
  • Alcohol may impair your ability and judgment; never go swimming under the influence of alcohol
  • Get trained in life-saving and resuscitation techniques
  • Teach children to swim and not to go into the water alone