Summer water safety
Never be tempted to cool off with a swim in open water as swimming in rivers, canals, ponds, quarries and lakes can have deadly consequences. You should never swim anywhere other than in purpose-built and supervised swimming pools, unless you are a member of an organised swimming group.
The Water Safety Code
During the school holidays, and in particular in hot weather, an increasing number of children put themselves at risk of drowning.
To keep yourself safe, when you are in, on or beside water, always follow the Water Safety Code.
Spot the dangers! Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous. Learn to spot and keep away from dangers. You may swim well in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you will be able to swim in cold water.
The dangers of water include:
It can be deep
Very cold temperatures
It is difficult to estimate depth
Water pollution may make you ill
It can be difficult to get out (steep slimy banks)
There may be hidden rubbish like shopping trolleys or broken glass
Please refer to the
National Water Safety Signs to help you keep safe near open water.
For further information and advice on what you should do if you do get into trouble in open water or falling through ice, please visit the sites below:
Boat fire safety
Fires on boats have killed 30 boaters in the last 20 years. Most fires are preventable; follow our tips and advice on how to protect your boat and crew from fire, and what to do should a fire break out. The video below is courtesy of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service:
Boat safety advice
Fit a bubble type gas leak indicator in the LPG cylinder locker
Fit a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm suitable for marine use that meets the EN50291-2 standard
Keep the cooking area clean for safety
Keep cabin ventilation clear to prevent a build-up of toxic CO
Check stoves, flues and surrounding areas for damages and repair or replace immediately
Have your chimney swept regularly
Use a proper, stable ashtray for cigarettes
Take extra care with lit candles, don’t leave them unattended and only use secure holders
Make sure you check and maintain your boat’s fuel, gas and electrical systems on a regular basis
Have gas and electric appliances properly installed and serviced routinely by competent fitters
Make an emergency plan with everyone on board before you set out
Have enough life jackets for everyone on board, and keep them in good condition
Only consider tackling a fire with an extinguisher or fire blanket if you are confident using them; if in doubt, evacuate the boat
If you are inland or moored near to land and you have a fire, move everybody off the boat and call 999 immediately
If you are off-shore and you have a fire, move as far away from the fire as you can on deck, get everybody into life jackets and call for help
visit the Boat Safety Scheme website for further advice and guidance
home fire safety page for advice on how to check your home. We have a checklist available to download and you will also find how to apply for a visit should you need more help.