Public urged to stay safe in the counties water amidst heatwaves

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) is urging the public to stay safe in Cumbria’s waters as the weather heats up.

 

As the heatwaves hit the county, many residents and tourists will head to the Lakes and rivers to cool off. However, the water can be dangerous when safety is not taken seriously. Keep yourself safe by following simple tips, such as:

 

  • If you are spending time near the water and fall in, don’t panic. Turn to float on your back, then call out for help or, if possible, swim to safety.
  • Do not enter the water if you have consumed alcohol and avoid walking on routes that are near water to prevent falling in.
  • Never enter the water to try and help another person or animal – call 999 and use any rescue equipment if it is available.
  • Read up on the local safety information – every body of water is different and may pose different risks.
  • Ensure children are always actively supervised.

 

Cumbria’s Fire and Rescue Service’s Area Manager, Ian Seel, said:

 

“We want the public to be able to enjoy the water safely, especially in the warmer weather. However, being in the water can pose risks.

 

“In Cumbria, between April 2022 and April 2023, CFRS attended 39 water rescues which sadly included 2 fatalities.

 

“By highlighting the risks about bodies of water and educating the public, we hope that everyone can enjoy the Lakes and rivers in a safe manner.”

 

Cumbria’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, said:

 

“We are really lucky, here in Cumbria, to have the Lake District on our doorstep to enjoy – especially as the warm weather comes in.

“However, being complacent in the water can lead to danger, and in worst case scenarios, fatalities.

 

“We, of course, want everyone to enjoy the Lakes and rivers sensibly and CFRS are always going to provide support to those in need of help, but education and paying attention are life savers.

 

“As the heatwave continues, please think about the risks you are taking when entering the water and proceed with caution so we can all enjoy ourselves and get home safely.”


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