Stay safe around wa­ter

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations -

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang res­i­dents are be­ing urged to take care around wa­ter this sum­mer.

Scot­tish Wa­ter launched their reser­voir safety cam­paign this week, warn­ing peo­ple to not take risks around rivers, reser­voirs and lochs.

Lat­est fig­ures show 40 peo­ple lost their lives by drown­ing in Scot­land in 2014.

The com­pany’s Peter Far­rer said: “While ev­ery­one should en­joy their school hol­i­days or take plea­sure in the coun­try’s beau­ti­ful lochs, rivers and reser­voirs, it’s ab­so­lutely vi­tal that they stay safe at all times.

“Safety is a se­ri­ous is­sue as, while the wa­ter may look harm­less, there are many hid­den dan­gers.

“We need to en­sure chil­dren and par­ents are aware of these haz­ards.

“We are re­mind­ing par­ents to keep their chil­dren safe and ask­ing adults to act re­spon­si­bly around wa­ter­courses.”

Dams, steep banks, spill­ways (over­flows), deep cold wa­ter and un­der­wa­ter pipe work can present real haz­ards.

Scot­tish Wa­ter is one of 10 part­ners in­volved in the on­line ed­u­ca­tion re­source www. gosafescot­land. com that has been de­vel­oped to pro­vide young peo­ple with a va­ri­ety of key safety mes­sages, one of which is wa­ter safety.

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