Water Safety Week

Children from Lakeside primary school have learnt about being safe around water at SkillZONE as part of Water Safety Week.

Last week, Lakeside primary school in Cheltenham visited SkillZONE, which has a state-of-the-art life size village with interactive learning environments to teach people of all ages how to recognise dangerous situations and stay safe.

While in the water safety zone, the children took part in a scenario which educated them in the dangers of rivers and sandbanks and beach safety. They were also taught about what to do if they ever saw anybody in difficulty.

The scenario demonstrated just how attractive, especially on a summers day, a stretch of water may appear to swimmers but also shows the many dangers lurking beneath the surface. The scenario also deals with both water safety in rivers and at the seaside.

In 2014  there were over 300 water related deaths, which included tripping, falling, or underestimating the risks associated with being near water. Forty-four per cent of these people were taking part in everyday activities such as walking or running near water.

Drowning in the UK is one of the main causes of accidental death, and working as part of the National Water Safety Forum, the Chief Fire Officers Association is aiming to reduce the number of drownings in the UK by 50% by 2026.

During Water Safety Week, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service supported the Chief Fire Officers Association by issuing tweets throughout and putting messages on Facebook to emphasise the importance of being careful when around water, using the #BeWaterAware.

Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer, said: “Water Safety Week was a great chance for us to spread the message of being aware when you are around water.

“We want to make sure that people are having fun, but are safe when around water, and it sounds like Lakeside primary school learnt all about being safe around open water.”

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “Sadly too many people have lost their lives due to accidental drowning in water.

“I hope that people see the messages and consider how they can keep themselves, and their friends and families safe next time they are around water.”

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