Image for Summer Water Safety 2014 story
Summer Water Safety 2014

Scottish Water is reminding people to play it safe in or near rivers, reservoirs and lochs this summer.

We are advising people not to take risks around watercourses and calling on children and parents in particular to take care near water during the summer holidays and any spells of warm weather we might enjoy.

Figures from the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) show that in 2012, 371 people drowned accidentally across the UK, of which 43 included children and young people up to the age of 19.  
 
Of the 371 drownings, the majority - 203 (55%) - took place in inland waters including rivers, canals, lochs/lakes, streams, ponds and reservoirs.

Mark Maclaren, one of Scottish Water’s regional communities team managers, said: “While it’s important that youngsters enjoy their school holidays and that people across Scotland take pleasure in the country’s beautiful lochs, rivers and reservoirs, it’s also vital that they stay safe.

“We are reminding parents to keep their children safe and asking adults to act responsibly around watercourses.”

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is backing Scottish Water’s call. Carlene McAvoy, community safety development officer at RoSPA Scotland, said: “During periods of hot weather and school holidays, there is often a rise in the number of accidental drownings, which is why it is important to be extra vigilant around inland waters, such as rivers, lakes, lochs, quarries and reservoirs.

“The water can be a lot colder than expected, which can lead to a swimmer going into cold shock; in the worst case, a swimmer will inhale water and the drowning process begins. There may also be strong currents and underwater debris that you cannot see from the bank, so don’t go alone, and consider how you are going to get out of the water before you get in - be honest about your swimming ability.
 
"The safest option is to go swimming at properly-supervised sites, such as beaches, lidos or swimming pools, although we appreciate that not everyone can get to these locations.
 
“Accidental drowning deaths in all water have remained around the 400 mark for the past decade and 10% of these fatalities were children, who were swimming or playing in open water.
 
“We encourage parents and carers to discuss the dangers with their children and to remind them that children should never swim alone at unsupervised locations.”

Reservoir dangers


Reservoirs are man made features which, because of their purpose, have unique dangers such as dams, spillways (overflows) and hidden water intakes (underwater pipe work that takes water out of the reservoir) and other hazards common to natural bodies of water, for example reeds, strong currents, steep banks and deep cold water.

Also, as the majority of Scottish Water's reservoirs are situated in remote locations, there is a lack of immediate assistance.

For these reasons, and in the interests of public safety, Scottish Water does not encourage swimming or diving in any of its reservoirs.
                                                                                    
Protect your pets
   
One of the biggest concerns with dog owners is when their pet dives into water, chasing a ball or stick. The pet more often survives such incidents, but the owners, who have attempted to save them, sometimes don’t. Dogs need to be kept on a lead if they are being walked near reservoirs and other bodies of open water.

If customers would like more information they can contact our Customer Helpline on 0845 601 8855 or www.scottishwater.co.uk/takecare. For more information on RoSPA visit their website at www.rospa.com.

Scottish Water’s advice comes as the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS), the drowning prevention charity, launches its Drowning Prevention Week campaign from June 21-29 to drive home water safety messages on how to stay safe in and around water.

Di Steer, RLSS UK chief executive, said: “If everyone stopped to think about basic water safety and made some small changes to their behaviour, we are sure we could reduce the number of preventable, accidental drownings that happen every year in the UK.”

For more information on safety, or how to get involved, visit the RLSS website at www.drowningpreventionweek.org.uk.

In other news...

Image for Fearless Hate Crime story

Fearless Hate Crime

Fearless.org urges young people to speak up about hate crime
Image for Playing It Safe: Knife crime prevention resource for primary schools story

Playing It Safe: Knife crime prevention resource for primary schools

No Knives, Better Lives (NKBL) programme has launched a new resource for practitioners working with children aged 6+ to prevent knife carrying.
Generic SubHeadline Image

Stay Safe Around Watercourses This Summer

Scottish Water is urging people to stay safe and not take risks around rivers, reservoirs and lochs this summer.
Image for Preventing Home Accidents story

Preventing Home Accidents

Children’s book being given out in A&E to prevent home accidents

Archive News

05/11/2018 - Fireworks Misuse

Fearless.org urges young people to speak up about fireworks misuse and deliberate fire-raising

09/03/2018 - The page title would be: CO Safety Competition 2018

Can you help us raise awareness of the dangerous gas carbon monoxide?

19/01/2016 - Blind Cords

RoSPA welcomes IKEA’s blind-cord promise to save children’s lives

16/11/2015 - School Bus Signage

This study evaluated Glasgow City Council’s enhanced school bus signage pilot.

19/10/2015 - Hilltop Nusery School

The children at Hilltop Nursery have been looking at Road Safety.

14/09/2015 - Nappy Sack Dangers

RoSPA warns parents of nappy sack dangers

15/07/2015 - The Birthday Party

Storybooks that teach youngsters how to stay safe at home are being made available free of charge.

30/06/2015 - Fire Hydrants

Warning about fire hydrants vandalism

29/06/2015 - Summer Water Safety

Stay safe around watercourses this summer

09/12/2014 - None For The Road

New laws changing the drink drive limit.

08/12/2014 - Memorial Gardens

Community Safety Glasgow has been working in partnership with Dalmarnock Primary and Sacred Heart Primary

05/12/2014 - Play Safe this Winter

Scottish Water is calling on people to play safe around watercourses this winter

17/10/2014 - Bonfire & Fireworks

A safety pack to raise awareness of dangers associated with fireworks and bonfires.

18/06/2014 - Summer Water Safety 2014

PLAY IT SAFE AROUND RIVERS, RESERVOIRS AND LOCHS THIS SUMMER

11/06/2014 - Digital Safety Launch

Pupils at Sinclairtown Primary School launched a new online safety resource for schools across Scotland

24/03/2014 - Child Safety Scotland

Spotlight on young children as first-ever Family Safety Week begins

28/11/2013 - Play Safe this Winter

Scottish Water is reminding customers of the importance of playing safe this winter.

26/09/2013 - JRSOs - Wellshot Primary

Two Glasgow school pupils are creating a real song and dance when it comes to promoting road safety.

24/09/2013 - Basement Blaze

Rapid response sees firefighters in breathing apparatus tackle basement blaze.

24/09/2013 - Man trapped in collision

Emergency services work closely to free man trapped after collision near Oban.

20/09/2013 - Faulty Electric Blanket

SFRS works in partnership to prevent fires caused by electric blankets

17/09/2013 - Dangers of Liquitabs

Parents urged to store liquitabs out of reach of children

01/09/2013 - Welcome

Welcome to Go Safe Scotland, a new interactive resource for delivering safety education to Scottish children.

26/08/2013 - Rescue in Paisley

Injured man plucked to safety from the White Cart Water after fall from bridge.

26/08/2013 - SFRS warning

SFRS crews have this weekend responded to a spate of rubbish fires across the Edinburgh area.

26/08/2013 - Water safety message

Scottish Water is reminding people to play it safe in or near rivers, reservoirs and lochs.

22/08/2013 - Smoke free homes pledge

Fife householders are making the smoke free homes pledge

22/08/2013 - Electrical fire

Crews from Crewe Toll fire station called to electrical fire at The Green.

22/08/2013 - Crews tackle fires

Crews tackled separate fires in Kilmarnock and Troon

05/08/2013 - North Lanarkshire Fire

Man suffers smoke inhalation in North Lanarkshire fire.

05/08/2013 - Man burned in fire

Firefighters extinguish flames in a flat at a Knightswood tower block.
Show more archived stories

Please select your region from the list below:

Please enter your username and password and press the "log in" button


*

*