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Keep Your Children Safe This Summer

21/Jul/2017

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is urging parents and guardians to ensure they know where their children are playing and what they are up to this summer to ensure they have a summer break to remember and not one everyone wants to forget!

With schools across the region breaking up this week, many children will be out and about with friends, enjoying the summer sun and looking for adventure.  But the recent hot weather has caused concern as groups of children/teenagers have been seen playing in or around rivers, canals, and reservoirs across the county. 

Station Manager John Cooke, said: “We want everyone to enjoy a safe summer, however unfortunately as an emergency service we often witness the consequences when things go wrong.

“Reservoirs, weirs and lakes can appear so tempting when you’re hot and in need of a cool down, but there are so many dangers that make an outdoor dip life-threatening.  Unfortunately only last week a 12 year old boy, Owen Jenkins, lost his life after jumping into a Nottingham marina, trying to save a girl from drowning.  This tragedy underlines why we need to continue to raise awareness of the dangers, often unseen, of open water swimming and work to prevent future incidents of this type.

“I’d like to encourage parents, guardians and responsible adults to take a minute to understand the risks and ensure that their children are aware of these too.”

Water safety – Open water may seem enticing, but it can be extremely dangerous.  Swimming outdoors is completely different to a warm swimming pool, the water is much colder in reservoirs and quarries, so much so that it can force your body to go into shock, causing muscle cramps and breathing difficulties.  Other dangers include: 

  • Hidden currents.
  • Fast flowing water, beware of locks and weirs.
  • Deep water.
  • Hidden dangers, such as rubbish and debris, this can trap, snag or cut.
  • No lifeguards, most outdoor waterways do not have lifeguards.

For more information about keeping safe outdoors, visit www.derbys-fire.gov.uk and or www.rospa.com

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