Water safety advice issued ahead of predicted high temperatures

30/07/2020

On Friday, it is expected for temperatures to rise to over 30 degrees.

During the hot weather, it is important to remember our water safety measures so that you stay safe no matter what you are doing.

Be water aware by staying away from ponds, lakes and rivers.

If you are going out for a run, walk or bike ride, make sure you keep your distance from the edge’s and stay on pavements.

Do not go into any water even if you think it is safe to swim in, and if you need to help somebody in the water follow these safety measures: make sure you stay calm, keep yourself safe, get more help, talk them in, throw them a piece of rescue equipment and ring 999 for more help.

When temperatures start to rise, and we experience warmer weather we often see an increase of water safety incidents.

Crews from Newark Fire Station attended an incident at Millgate Canal where a number of residents were jumping into the water from the bridge and sliding down the weir itself. Crews often attend reports like this to provide a presence and provide water safety advice about the dangers of what lies beneath, undercurrents and what to do in an emergency.

Crews attended a water rescue last month at Colwick lake involving a man, who had become almost hypothermic after a period of time in the water. Even though the air temperature may have increased, there still hadn’t been sufficient time for water temperatures to do so. The man was rescued and attended too.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has also been made aware of teenagers gathering to open waters on sunny days. Previously there have been large groups who have been causing general Anti-Social behaviour but also running, jumping and swimming into the waters which we are advising people not to.

Station Manager Simon Glew said: “Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service work hard to create safer communities through the use of water safety advice. We often provide a presence and advise people that swimming and jumping into open water, such as rivers, canals, ponds and lakes can be extremely dangerous as you don’t know what hazards lie below the surface.

“Under currents can sweep you off your feet and put you in immediate danger which is why you may need help. Also, although the air temperature may be high, water temperatures may be significantly colder which could affect your ability to swim to safety.

“Please remember to be vigilant and if you see someone struggling in the water call 999. If you are struggling in the water call for help and lay backwards whilst floating.”

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