During the summer months, it’s natural to want to get outside
with friends and family and enjoy the sunshine.
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But throughout the season we’re called to high numbers
of rescues sparked by the hot weather - particularly to
young people in difficulty.
Whether it's a barbecue or a camping trip, there are a
wide range of risks that everyone needs to be
It’s natural to want to cool down in the heat, but people are
often unaware of the dangers posed by lake and river
swimming. Deep water, unseen debris and hidden currents
mean things can quickly go wrong.
Children and teenagers are often fascinated by fire and this
becomes a particular danger during the dry summer months. Grass
fires are frequent and often the result of experimenting with
Keep safe this summer by following our golden rules:
- Adults set a good example – behave safely and responsibly!
- Be aware of your children’s limitations – eg, how confident are
they in the water?
- Don't jump or dive in, as the water can be far deeper than it
looks - with unseen hazards.
- Never swim near weirs or locks as there are usually dangerous
- Even inland waters can be very cold, no matter how warm the
weather. Be aware that this can quickly cause cramp and breathing
- Never use accelerants such as petrol on barbecues
- Never leave a barbeque unattended
- Never cook or smoke inside tents
- Always make sure cigarettes are properly extinguished
- Never leave lighters or matches around – they can be a
temptation to children .
Carbon monoxide - the quiet killer...
monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, highly poisonous gas
that can kill in minutes.
CO poisoning can be caused by ANY fuel that burns or
Make sure your camping light and stove are clean and properly
Never take a portable barbecue – or lit charcoal – into an
enclosed space like a tent or caravan.
And make sure exhaust from generators is properly vented away
from occupied areas.
For more information on general safety,
visit the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents'