publication date: Jun 18, 2011
across the UK will be celebrating National Water Safety Awareness Week
holding water safety
demonstrating life saving techniques
to the general public. We should all be aware that a child can drown
in as little as 5cms of water
so even an
"empty" paddling pool
some rain water
in it can be a
Commenting on National Water
Safety Awareness Week, Jane Cooper, Communications and Marketing Director
at RLSS UK, said: "There are 10,000
volunteers in the UK, that work tirelessly to teach their local community about
keeping safe in the water. We'd like
to celebrate the work they do as well as encourage
other volunteers to get involved.
"It is also vitally important to highlight the dangers of water and how
people can avoid getting into difficulty."
Here are some top tips to cut the risks of youngsters drowning in
accidents that the RLSS UK suggests:
fencing around ponds or pools.
not use paddling pools without adult supervision.
paddling pools are emptied and turned upside down as soon as they are
the garden regularly for anything that could collect water, like buckets
water safety to children from a young age.
youngsters closely when in parks or other places that might have a river,
pond or lake. Know where they are and who they are with.
children to swim at the earliest chance and make sure they can float and
signal for help.
children how to get help if someone is in trouble including the importance
of dialing 999.
any safety advice or notices that may be present.
For more tips
or to find out about learning basic life-saving skills
contact RLSS on 01798 773994 or visit www.rlss.org.uk