With over 400 deaths a year in the UK caused by drowning, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) is supporting Drowning Prevention Week, a national campaign by the Royal Lifesaving Association (RLSS). The campaign runs from 18th to 26th June 2016 and hopes to reduce the number of water related injuries or death. Over the course of the campaign, SWFRS will be working with partners such as RLSS and the RNLI to educate people, of all ages, on water safety. With warm summer temperatures it can be tempting to swim or cool off in rivers, estuaries, reservoirs and the sea; however SWFRS hopes to raise awareness of the dangers of inland and coastal waters. Drowning is recorded to be the third highest cause of death in children, with incidents falling into four categories:
Station Commander Justin Jones said, “Over recent years South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has seen a significant increase in the amount of water rescues attended. With the fast approaching summer holidays, we expect to see a vast increase in the amount of people visiting our Welsh waters for recreational use which poses a potential risk as not everybody is fully aware of the dangers associated with water.
We fully support the Drowning Prevention Week campaign and will be working with our partners, including the RLSS to ensure the safety messages are shared far and wide so that we continue to keep our communities safe.”
To stay safe in and around the water this summer, the Service is sharing the following top tips:
To coincide with Drowning Prevention Week, the Cardiff Water Safety Partnership has been formed to address the issue of water safety within the city. The group currently consists of representatives from the RLSS, RNLI, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, South Wales Police and the City of Cardiff Council’s Harbour Authority and Neighbourhood Partnership teams.
The campaign will be running in schools across South Wales, especially those that have a high risk of water related injuries.
For more information about Drowning Prevention Week and related activities visit www.rlss.org.uk/dpw
Tel: 01443 232000 Fax: 01443 232165
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