Parents warned over water danger
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.