Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has given their backing to a campaign to keep people safe near open water.
The Be Water Aware initiative runs until Sunday 2 May and aims to reduce the number of accidental drowning deaths across the UK.
The advice so everyone can stay safe when they are around open water is:
· Never enter the water – no matter how inviting it may look!
· Avoid walking on routes near water if you have been drinking alcohol.
· Don’t dive or jump into open water, this can cause potentially fatal cold water shock even on the warmest day. You also don’t know what’s below the surface of the water – rocks or other hidden debris can lead to serious or fatal injuries.
· Always supervise children around water - drowning can happen fast and silently.
· If you find yourself unexpectedly in the water, don’t panic, extend your arms and legs out and float on your back until the effect of cold water shock passes.
· Never enter the water to try and rescue someone or an animal, call 999 and ask for the Fire Service.
More information is available on the Derbyshire FRS website.