Water Safety tips

Fire service encourages people to stay safe whilst enjoying the water

The Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to stay safe whilst enjoying the water this summer. Essex has one of the longest coastlines of any county in England, along with rivers and waterside locations that people enjoy all year round, all fo which is keeping the Essex Fire Service busy.

Top tips for being safe are:

  • Never swim alone in case you need help
  • Don’t drink alcohol when undertaking water related activities, it impairs judgement and your ability to swim
  • Avoid walking routes near water if you have been drinking alcohol
  • Don’t dive or jump straight into water, there may be hidden debris and can lead to potentially fatal cold water shock even on the warmest day
  • Actively supervise children in and around water at all times – drowning can happen fast and silently

If you find yourself unexpectedly in the water, don’t panic, extend your arms and legs out and float on your back until the effects of cold water shock pass. Only then, call for help, swim to safety or continue floating until help arrives.

If someone is in trouble in the water – don’t enter the water to rescue. Call 999 and ask for the Fire Service if inland and the Coastguard when at the coast.

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