Stay safe around inland lochs and waterways

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As the warm weather continues, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is issuing advice about how to stay safe in and around water.

Traditionally, the number of accidental drownings peaks during spells of warm weather, particularly when the warm conditions coincide with weekends, school holidays and national celebrations.

RoSPA’s advice particularly covers inland waters, such as rivers, lakes, lochs, quarries and reservoirs, which are the most common locations for accidental drownings throughout the year.

Swimming at properly-supervised sites, such as beaches, lidos or swimming pools, is best, although RoSPA appreciates that not everyone can go to these locations. If you do choose to go to an unsupervised site, think through the hazards first and ensure you know what to do if something goes wrong.

Among the hazards to consider are that water can be a lot colder than you are expecting so be careful if you jump in or go for a swim to cool off. Also, there may be strong currents and underwater debris that you cannot see from the bank.

Before you get into the water, consider how you are going to get out again and be honest about your swimming ability.

Remember that alcohol and swimming never mix.

See RoSPA’s Water Safety for Children and Young People factsheet at www.rospa.com/leisuresafety/adviceandinformation/watersafety/watersafety-children-young-people.aspx - for more safety tips.