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Always supervise children when in
a paddling pool, near a pond or even
in the bath. It doesn't take much of a
distraction to lead to tragedy
Make sure paddling pools and other
similar items are empty and upturned
when not in use
Keep any water butts and drains
Unplug the bath when you've ﬁnished
and keep the plug out of reach
Keep the bathroom door shut and
use gates and fences to prevent access
to swimming or paddling pools
Always supervise children when they
are around lakes, rivers and so on. Take
extra care on river banks as they are
often both slippery and fragile
Look out for fast-ﬂowing water
around weirs and locks
Take notice of any warning signs and
make sure everyone follows their advice.
More people drown in inland waters
than in coastal ones or at sea.
in the water
THE UK'S DROWNING PREVENTION CHARITY ISSUES
ADVICE FOR PARENTS AS THE WEATHER HOTS UP
wimsuits - check; passports
- check; suntan lotion - check...
SAFE code...? As the days get
longer and warmer, you may be
keen to get out and about in the garden,
the pool and at the beach.
But ﬁrst, the Royal Life Saving Society
UK (RLSS UK) has some invaluable
advice on how to keep your family
SAFE, in and around water.
WHAT IS THE SAFE CODE?
It is a handy acronym to remember key
water safety tips:
SPOT - be alert for the dangers in and
around the water
ADVICE - look out for any safety signs
FRIEND - tell children to stay close to a
family member or someone they know
EMERGENCY - shout for help and dial
999 (112 if holidaying in Europe).
RLSS UK, which exists to promote
water safety, lifesaving and life support
skills, aims to secure a year-on-year
reduction in preventable deaths from
drowning. The ﬁgures are frightening.
In the past four years, more than 100
children under 16 have lost their lives by
drowning in the UK - and every year a
further 75 or so drown while on holiday
overseas, says the National Water
Safety Forum Water Incident Database.
RLSS UK chief executive Di Steer
said: 'We believe accidental drownings
are wholly preventable tragedies. If
you understand the hazards and follow
our SAFE code, you can stay safe AND
have fun in the sun.'
The following tips will help to keep
you and your family safe at home and
abroad this summer, so you can jump
right in and safely enjoy your holiday.
Do your research. Is there a lifeguard?
Are pools gated or fenced off?
Check bathing sites for warning signs
and restrictions, then stick to the rules
Make sure you know what local
warning signs and ﬂags mean. They
may be different abroad
Make water activities a family affair,
you can all keep an eye on each other
and have fun at the same time
Stay alert - the majority of holiday
accidents occur during either the ﬁrst
hour on arrival or the last hour before
you leave. It's easier for adults to be
distracted at these times.
Look out for more tips and courses
as part of RLSS UK's Drowning
Prevention Week, which runs from
16-26 June. Viist rlss.org.uk/dpw for
further details on how to support
this national campaign.
You can also follow the RLSS UK
on Twitter (@RLSSUK) or Facebook
FOR MORE INFORMATION
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