The summer holidays have arrived and with it the opportunity to hit the beach or inland waterways.
I’d like to share a simple memory joggers for the children (applied to adults too – we’re watching you )
Spot the dangers – look around where you are to make sure it is safe to be there. Look out for broken glass on the beach, slippery rock areas. Avoid the panic of a lost child by agreeing a meeting place if you get separated from the family.
Always go with a family member or friend – divers always talk about the buddy system, someone there to help if something happens. The same applies when out and about around the waterways, always have a buddy in case something happens.
Flags and signs – check out the signs at the entrances to beaches for warnings about tides and local conditions. Remember the flags – RED, don’t go in the water, RED/YELLOW, lifeguarded area swimmers should stay here, Black / White chequered, For surfers and hard craft only.
Emergency – if you get into trouble in the water put one arm up and shout as loudly as you can for help to attract attention. If you see someone doing this at the seaside ring 999 or 112 and ask for the COASTGUARD.
REMEMBER S A F E
Don’t forget in hot weather to put on a t-shirt and hat, slop on the sunscreen and have plenty of water to drink.