As the weather becomes warmer, more children will put themselves at risk of drowning. Learn how you can teach your children to stay safe, know the Water Safety Code and become water wise.
On average 40-50 children drown per year in the UK.
To keep your family safe, when they are in, on or beside water, make sure they always follow the Water Safety Code.
Spot the dangers!
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:
Take safety advice!
Special flags and notices may warn you of danger. Know what the signs mean and do what they tell you.
Children should always go with an adult, not by themselves. An adult can point out dangers or help if somebody gets into trouble.
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, preferably a Lifeguard if there is one nearby, or go to the nearest telephone, dial 999, ask for the Police at inland water sites and the Coastguard at the beach.