Water safety

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When there is hot weather it is very tempting to cool off in public lakes, rivers, streams and ponds, especially for children and young adults. However this can be very dangerous, even fatal.

People who drown often do not appreciate the harmful effects that the cold water can have on their stamina and strength.

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The third most common cause of accidental death among 16 year olds is drowning, and more than half of those who drowned could swim. This fact can be changed with education and giving young people a greater awareness of the dangers in and around water.

Environment Agency advice on staying safe around water.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents advice on water safety for children and your people.