Being in and around water is great fun but water can be dangerous so have fun but always keep safe. There are dangers that can kill in lakes, reservoirs, rivers, canals, ponds and the sea. Here are a few things you should remember.
Water safety checklist
1. Always be accompanied by an adult. Stay close to your group and stay in sight at all times.
2. Never go near water if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs – this is the number one cause of water-related deaths.
3. Stay clear of strong currents, weirs, rapids and reservoirs edges.
4. Watch out for slippery banks, soft sand and rocks.
5. Don’t jump or dive in - you don’t know how deep it is going to be.
6. Wear something on your feet. There may be sharp rocks, rubbish, broken glass etc. under the water.
7. Don’t splash water at other people or push them over - messing around can be dangerous.
8. Never go deeper than welly height when playing in rivers as the strong current can easily knock you over.
9. Cover any cuts and scratches with water proof plasters.
10. Learn to swim it could save your life.
Water is fun and if you’re sensible and follow the water safety rules you can have a brilliant time with your family and friends.
Finally water can be very dangerous remember learning to swim at your local swimming pool could save your life.