Charity offers water safety advice ahead of bank holiday weekend

By Toby Leigh in Health

With record breaking temperatures this week and the half-term break upon us, the Royal Life Saving Society UK has offered some timely advice for people heading out on away days and holidays.

Around 400 people drown each year in the UK and the hotter summer months typically see a spike in the number of deaths.

RLSS UK’s deputy director of education and research, Mike Dunn, said the charity wants people to enjoy the weather and water - safely.

He said: “Open water sites such as quarries and rivers have many unseen dangers, like strong currents and extreme temperatures, that can catch even the best swimmers unawares and the sea has unique hazards of its own.

“Knowing our SAFE code will go a long way to ensuring everyone can enjoy being around water, at home or abroad.”

Spot – spot the dangers in and around the water

Advice – look out for any safety signs and advice

Friend – stay close to a friend or family member

Emergency – shout for help and dial 999, or 112 if you’re holidaying in Europe.


RLSS UK’s Drowning Prevention Week, 16-26 June, ramps up awareness activity, to prevent avoidable drowning tragedies.

For more information on how you can get involved in Drowning Prevention Week or for tips on how to enjoy the water safely this summer, visit:

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