Every year sadly 400 die from drowning in the UK. With summer here the temptation to jump into a cool swimming pool, lake or river increases but so do the risks.
It is important to educate children on the dangers and also what to do in an emergency.
The RLSS (Royal Life Saving Society) have an amazing website with loads of brilliant information and give information to schools around the UK each summer on drowning prevention.
Key safety tips are -
If someone is in difficulty in the water shout reassurance to them, shout for help and call the emergency services
Never jump in to rescue someone. Help from the side by using buoyancy aids, a plastic bottle, dog lead etc. and reassure and give clear instructions.
Make sure the whole family can swim
The RLSS state that using the SAFE code is always the best thing to do.
Have a SAFE and happy summer.