Stay safe around water this summer

Rivers and reservoirs can be deadly
Rivers and reservoirs can be deadly

People are being urged to stay safe and not take risks around rivers, reservoirs and lochs this summer.

Scottish Water has launched a social media campaign #ReservoirSafety and a new video to highlight the importance of reservoir safety, which can be viewed at www.scottishwater.co.uk/reservoirvideo or on YouTube at https://youtu.be/xj4qR5Ct_rA

Peter Farrer, Scottish Water’s chief operating officer, said: “While everyone should enjoy their school holidays, It’s absolutely vital that they stay safe at all times. As the latest figures show that,in 2014, a total of 338 people lost their lives to drowning in the UK.

“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.”

Elizabeth Lumsden, community safety manager at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Scotland, said: “It is important to be vigilant around inland waters, such as rivers, lakes, lochs, quarries and reservoirs. That’s particularly true during periods of hot weather and school holidays. The water can be a lot colder than expected, which can lead to cold shock; in the worst case, water will be inhaled and the drowning process begins. There may also be strong currents and underwater debris that you cannot see from the bank.”

Scottish Water is one of 10 partners involved in the Go Safe Scotland online education that has been developed to provide young people in Scotland with a variety of key safety messages.