With the first sightings of warmer weather showing over the past week, Staffordshire will likely now be starting to think of the warmer summer months.
And as the government’s coronavirus pandemic restrictions begin to ease and people will start heading out and about to enjoy the countryside again, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service would once again like to remind people - open water is dangerous.
Residents should only swim at properly supervised pools.
It’s also vital to remember never to drink alcohol while swimming or taking part in any other water-related activity such as boating and water-skiing.
The dangers of swimming in open pools, canals, rivers and lakes are as follows:
Mark Downes, one of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Prevent Delivery Leads, added: “It’s also vital to remember never to drink alcohol while swimming or taking part in any other water-related activity such as boating and water-skiing.
“This can lead to serious accidents that can result in terrible injuries – or worse. Please stay safe when enjoying the various waterways and pools Staffordshire has to offer. Safe enjoyment saves lives.”
For further advice on water safety, please contact your local Prevent Team on 01785 898719 or via email at WSDGPreventTeam@staffordshirefire.gov.uk.
In an emergency, call 999 and ask for the Fire Service.