With the warm weather that we are experiencing Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are advising everyone to Be Water Aware. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death amongst young people. The quarries, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and canals may seem like a nice place to cool off, but there are many hidden dangers. We have already sadly seen a number of incidents across the country of fatalities in Water.
Disused quarries are among the most dangerous places to bathe often containing very cold, contaminated water, old machinery and all manner of other sub-surface debris. However Rivers, lakes, canals and reservoirs have many hidden dangers.
It is impossible to judge water depth and levels and depths may change considerably. Jumping, tombstoning or swimming in these kinds of locations have led to severe injuries and deaths every year, usually involving young people. Please take a moment to talk to your children about the dangers involved and urge them not to play in these locations. If you are planning a trip to the coast we would also urge you to make use of the many lifeguarded beaches.
Cold Water Shock
Many people are unaware of the dangers associated with Cold Water and the phrase Cold Water Shock. Sadly every year many people lose their life through the body’s reaction to being suddenly immersed in cold water. Cold water shock affects our ability to swim and self-rescue.
Signs of Cold Water Shock
What to do if someone falls or gets into trouble in the water
• Look for lifesaving equipment to throw (life rings, throw ropes) or something to reach out to them like tree branches or clothing, making sure you keep a low centre of gravity so you don’t get pulled in. Just throwing them some flotation might be enough to keep their head above water, anything, even a football or empty container would help.
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