Par­ents warned over wa­ter dan­ger

Bray People - - NEWS -

IR­ISH WA­TER SAFETY has warned fam­i­lies to be vig­i­lant over the Easter hol­i­days if their chil­dren are play­ing around wa­ter.

‘ Chil­dren are fas­ci­nated by and at­tracted to wa­ter,’ said Roger Sweeney of IWS, who said they should be su­per­vised at all times. ‘ Vis­i­tors to ru­ral homes should mind that chil­dren do not stray alone to sep­tic tanks, quar­ries or river­banks.’

The cold wa­ter av­er­age is about 10 de­grees at the mo­ment, which most swim­mers would not yet be used to. They should not stay too long in the wa­ter.

He also ad­vised that peo­ple stay away from al­co­hol if they are tak­ing part in aquatic ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘Al­co­hol is a con­trib­u­tory fac­tor in ap­prox­i­mately one third of all drown­ing.’

As al­ways, a per­sonal flota­tion de­vice must be worn. It is im­por­tant that ev­ery­body vis­it­ing aquatic en­vi­ron­ments this Easter en­sures that their life­jack­ets are fully ser­viced. A crotch strap is an es­sen­tial com­po­nent of in­flat­able life­jack­ets so please en­sure it is fit­ted cor­rectly.

Peo­ple are re­minded that if you see some­one in dif­fi­culty in the wa­ter dial 999 OR 112.

Don’t as­sume some­one else will make the call.

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