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
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
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
“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.”