Promoting Drowning Prevention and Water Safety weekPosted
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the National Fire Chiefs Council's (NFCC's) drowning prevention and water safety campaign 'Be Water Aware' which runs from 23rd - 29th April.
Drowning in the UK is one of the leading causes of accidental death. Each year more than 300 people drown after tripping, falling or just by underestimating the risks associated with being near water. Many more people are left with life changing injuries in water related incidents.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service will raise awareness of the risks so people can enjoy the water safely and not end up as one of these shocking statistics.
Jane Honey, Deputy Head of Community Safety, said: "Most people would be shocked to hear that those people drowning just happen to be near water such as runners and walkers. They are unaware of the risks and are totally unprepared for the scenario of ending up in the water. By highlighting this issue and making sure simple safety messages reach them we hope to reduce the number of these needless deaths."
“During water safety week we will be educating our fire cadets on the dangers in and around water. The cadets will then be able to share these messages with their friends and family and help us to raise awareness of water safety within the communities of North Wales.”
- If you are going for a walk or run near water stick to proper pathways and stay clear of the water’s edge
- Make sure conditions are safe, avoid walking or running near water in the dark, slippery or in bad weather
- If you've had alcohol don't enter the water, avoid walking alone and avoid routes near water
- Never enter the water to try and help a person or animal - always call 999 and use any water rescue equipment if it is available
- If you are spending time near water - whether at home or abroad make sure you are familiar with local safety information The fire service has successfully reduced the number of fire deaths by focusing on prevention work and now we must apply the same principle to tackling drowning. Response is not enough - we must prevent drownings.