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Service reminds people to Be Water Aware


Date: 26th April, 2021

As the current Covid-19 restrictions ease, it is anticipated that many people will head to coastal locations and inland water beauty spots. Few people would think they might become a water incident statistic, but the fact is that in the UK in 2019, more people died from accidental drowning than cyclists did on the road.

The National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) Be Water Aware campaign runs from 26 April – 2 May. Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is taking part to encourage people not to be complacent when spending time in and around water, with the aim of encouraging people to be safe by being aware of the risks.

Following simple advice will help reduce the 223 accidental drownings reported in 2019 and the many more injuries, which can be life-changing, following water related incidents.

The advice includes:

The NFCC’s Drowning Prevention Lead Dawn Whittaker said: “We want people to enjoy spending time in and around water safely and that’s why we are asking people to be water aware. By highlighting this issue and making sure simple safety messages reach them, we hope to reduce the number of these needless and preventable deaths.”

Look out for #BeWaterAware on social media for more information and advice.

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