Stay safe this Summer – Fire Chiefs offer water safety advice

waterWITH some hot Summer weather finally here, cooling of in rivers, canals, ponds, quarries or lakes can seem like a fun idea, however, it could have deadly consequences.

Fire Chiefs at Cleveland Fire Brigade are advising people not to swim anywhere other than in purpose built and supervised swimming pools.

Les Jones, Head of Community Safety said, “The water in places such as rivers and quarries may look calm on the surface, but there may still be strong undercurrents that could pull even a strong swimmer under.

“The water may also feel relatively warm on the surface, but just a few feet below can be icy cold even in hot weather and can very quickly cause severe cramp and hypothermia.

“We want people to enjoy the warm weather, but to do so safely so are asking people to follow our top water safety tips and stay safe.”

Water safety tips:

  • Alcohol and swimming don’t mix – stay out of the water if you have been drinking
  • Children should always visit open water sites with an adult
  • Always watch your child while at the beach, lake or other natural bodies of water
  • Never let older children swim in unsupervised areas like quarries, canals or ponds
  • Take safety advice – heed notices which warn you of the danger
  • Never tamper with lifesaving equipment – you might need it yourself
  • Never swim near motor boats, jet skis or other power vehicles
  • Learn to spot and keep away from dangerous water
  • Swimming anywhere other than at purpose built and supervised swimming pools is highly dangerous and is not recommended, unless as part of an organised club