Walkers, runners, cyclists and water safety
Follow these simple steps to minimise your risk around water:
- When running next to water stay back from the edges, pay attention to your footing and beware of trip hazards. Wear appropriate footwear.
- Don’t walk or run when river levels are high, or extreme weather is expected.
- Avoid waterside footpaths in the dark, if you do use them and use a hands free light, such as a head torch.
- Carry a charged mobile phone with you.
- Dogs can usually only swim for short bursts, keep an eye on your dog and don’t let them swim if old or tired.
- If river levels are high or fast flowing keep dogs on a lead, their swimming abilities will be no match for a fast flowing river.
- Never enter the water to save a dog in difficulty, they will usually self-rescue and it is extremely difficult to handle a panicking animal whilst in the water.