Wednesday, 11 July 2018

RLSS Water Safety Advice

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

Only swim at lifeguarded beaches or lifeguarded pools
Read safety signs at the entrance to the beach or swimming pool
Learn the meanings of the lifeguard flags at the beach
If swimming alone ensure someone knows where you are & what time you'll be due back
The RLSS state that using the SAFE code is always the best thing to do.  

Have a SAFE and happy summer.

xxx

SPOT

spot the dangers

ADVICE

follow safety signs and advice

FRIEND

stay close to a friend or family member

EMERGENCY

shout for help and know the emergency number to call 



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