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Advice to Stay Safe Around Water This Weekend

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is calling on people to stay safe this weekend following extensive flooding across the city and county of Derbyshire.

The weekend is traditionally a time when people go outdoors with friends, family and pets to enjoy some fresh air, but this week we need to ask people to consider some important safety advice ahead of their weekend outing. 

In 2017, nationally 255 people accidentally drowned – 50% of these people were taking part in everyday activities near water such as walking, running, cycling and fishing, therefore with high river levels and flooding affecting many areas, the Service is appealing to people to take extra care.

Walking/Running/Cycling

  • Keep away from flooded areas. As little as 15cm of fast flowing water can knock you off your feet.
  • Keep your dog on a lead when near to rivers and flood water.  If your dog does get into difficulty, never attempt a rescue yourself – call 999.
  • Keep away from the water’s edge. Footpaths and river banks will be slippery and may be unstable following the floods.

Out Driving

  • Road closed signs: Never ignore a road closed sign.  As little as 60cm of flood water will float a car and 30cm of flowing water could be enough to move your car – whatever car or 4x4 you drive!
  • Keep up to date with road closures: Visit the County and City Council’s websites for the latest road closures.

Group Manager Lee Smith said: “We know the weekend is traditionally a time for people to venture out with their family, friends and even the family dog for some for some well-earned fresh air, but we need to ask everyone to take extra care following a week of heavy rain.  

“Unfortunately the rain that has been falling across the city and county over the last week means that many areas are still affected by flooding and many rivers are swollen, meaning greater care needs to be taken to keep safe.

“We want to make sure everyone enjoys their weekend walk, run or bike ride, so I’d ask people to take a minute and read our safety advice before planning a trip out.”