21st June 2017
Beautiful but potentially deadly: our lakes and water bodies are best enjoyed from the banks.
Many of our parks and natures reserves have lakes, ponds and streams, many in beautiful locations. During the school holidays, and in particular in hot weather, increasing numbers of people put themselves at risk of drowning.
We’d love you to visit your local site, but please do so safely and stay out of the water. Our lakes may look inviting, especially on a hot day, but they are not places to take a swim.
To keep yourself safe, when you are beside water, always follow the ROSPA Water Safety Code.
Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous. Learn to spot and keep away from dangers. You may swim well in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you will be able to swim in cold water.
The dangers of water include:
Learn how to help
You may be able to help yourself and others if you know what to do in an emergency.
If you see someone in difficulty, tell somebody, or go to the nearest telephone, dial 999, ask for the Police at inland water sites and the Coastguard at the beach.
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