Advice for keeping safe near open water

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

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