26 April 2021
As the current Covid-19 restrictions ease it is anticipated many people will head to coastal locations and inland water beauty spots.
Moreover, with pubs now reopening, many of which are around waterways in town and city centres, a long hot summer awaits many drinkers. Sadly, evidence suggests that alcohol plays a large part in water related fatalities. Few people would think they might become a water incident statistic. But the fact is in the UK in 2019 more people died from accidental drowning than cyclists did on the road.
The National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) Be Water Aware campaign runs from 26 April - 2 May.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) is taking part to encourage people not to be complacent when spending time in and around water. The aim is to encourage people to be safe by being aware of the risks. The region has all types of water from long coastlines and tidal rivers to marinas, lakes and docks - all of which can be potentially fatal.
Following simple advice will help reduce the 223 accidental drownings reported in 2019 and the many more injuries, which can be lifechanging, following water related incidents.
The key points to consider are:
NFCC’s Drowning Prevention Lead Dawn Whittaker said:
“We want people to enjoy spending time in and around water safely and that’s why we are asking people to be water aware. By highlighting this issue and making sure simple safety messages reach them, we hope to reduce the number of these needless and preventable deaths.”