Be Water Aware warns Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue

Published: 24 Apr 2018

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the National Fire Chiefs Council's (NFCC's) drowning prevention and water safety campaign 'Be Water Aware' which runs from 23rd - 29th April.

Drowning in the UK is one of the leading causes of accidental death. Each year more than 300 people drown after tripping, falling or just by underestimating the risks associated with being near water. Many more people are left with life changing injuries in water related incidents.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be raising awareness of the risks at a series of events throughout the week so people can enjoy the water safely and not end up as one of these shocking statistics.

Fire crews will be taking part in events across the county, including a demonstration of a water rescue by the Cheshunt fire crew and our specialist water rescue team from Hatfield at The Crown Public House in Broxbourne on Saturday 28 April at 12:30.

Chief Fire Officer and Director of Community Protection, Darryl Keen, said “We know that properly planned activities near or in water can be really enjoyable, however it’s shocking to realise that most people who drown never intended to enter the water and in fact are people like runners and walkers who end up in the water by accident. They are usually unaware of the risks and are totally unprepared for the scenario of ending up in the water. By highlighting this issue and making sure simple safety messages reach them we hope to reduce the number of these needless deaths."

Safety advice

• If you are going for a walk or run near water stick to proper pathways and stay clear of the water’s edge
• Make sure conditions are safe, avoid walking or running near water in the dark, slippery or in bad weather
• If you've had alcohol don't enter the water, avoid walking alone and avoid routes near water
• Never enter the water to try and help a person or animal - always call 999 and use any water rescue equipment if it is available
• If you are spending time near water - whether at home or abroad make sure you are familiar with local safety information