With more families than ever visiting their local canals, rivers and lakes to soak up some sun, the Canal & River Trust is urging children to stay safe by the water during the current heatwave.
The trust, which looks after 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in England and Wales, including Worksop’s Chesterfield Canal, says precautions need to be taken to ensure your family’s safety as water can be hazardous.
Each year an average of 35 children drown in the country’s inland waterways and coastal waters, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
It is vital that people understand the dangers of open waters, even if it looks tempting and cool on sunny days.
Annette Simpson, education manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Canals and rivers are brilliant places to go to on hot days, and excellent for families to explore during the holidays – I’d encourage anyone to make a visit this summer. But it’s also important that people, especially children, are aware of the risks water can pose.”
“We are now teaching thousands of children through our education programmes each year and always urge parents to also make sure their children know how to stay safe – that way that they can get on and have some fun.”
Dangers can include freezing water which is deeper than expected.
For further information visit www.canalriverexplorers.org.uk