A warning is being issued in a bid to stop people putting themselves at risk of drowning during the hot weather.
During the school holidays, and in particular in hot weather, increasing numbers of children and adults put themselves at risk by taking a dip. On average 40-50 children drown per year in the UK.
In the last five years, Yorkshire and Humberside’s four Fire & Rescue Services (WYFRS) have been called out to around 346 water rescue incidents - 20 of which resulted in deaths with nine occurring in West Yorkshire.
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.
It is very cold.
*There may be hidden currents.
*It can be difficult to get out (steep slimy banks).
*It can be deep.
*There may be hidden rubbish, e.g. shopping trolleys, broken glass.
*There are no lifeguards.
*It is difficult to estimate depth.
*It may be polluted and may make you ill.
*Children should always go with an adult, not by themselves.
*An adult can point out dangers or help is somebody gets into trouble.
*If you see someone struggling, do not enter the water - call for help.