HWFRS are keen to highlight water safety awareness to children, their parents and as wide a cross-section of the local community as possible. We would like to highlight the dangers of open water and encourage people, whatever their age, to take extra care. Please follow the below important advice when around water:
- 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.
- Quarries are dangerous places to be and to swim in there may obstacles under the water, which can’t be seen, can cause serious injury were you to jump in.
- The water can be very deep and cold even in warm weather and there is a danger of hypothermia and cold shock where your muscles cannot work properly.
- Loose slippery sides of the quarry may make it difficult to climb out.
- There could be machinery and obstacles underneath the water that is dangerous and can cause serious life-changing injuries or even death.
- It doesn’t matter how strong a swimmer you are quarries can affect anyone.
For more information on water safety
see links below:
Garden pond water safety
Holiday swimming pool safety
Water safety - Children & young people
Flood advice guides
New audio flood advice guides available on a CD or to download as an MP3 file.