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WITH SUMMER FAST APPROACHING, TEACHING CHILDREN TO BE SAFE NEAR WATER BECOMES INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT
Latest stats show that 56 children under the age of 11 years old drowned in the UK in the last 5 years, with more than 300 people accidentally drowning every year.
And for every drowning death that occurs, there are more than 10 near drownings, with many of these leading to life changing injuries
We at the RLSS UK strongly believe that lives could be saved if children and young people were taught how to be safe near water.
We launched the Drowning Prevention Week campaign five years ago to help put water safety at the forefront of everyone’s mind in the lead up to summer, a high-risk time of year for drowning.
Drowning Prevention Week, this year running from 15-25 June, is a national, awareness raising campaign and every year schools, leisure centres, community groups, businesses and MPs use our free downloadable resources to teach their local communities how to stay safe near water.
We want to equip everyone, young and old, with basic water safety skills to help them identify risks and make informed choices around water based activities.
There are a number of things you can do to help keep your family safe this summer:
• Always supervise bath time (never leave children unattended). Empty the bath as soon as possible after use
We don’t want to stop people having fun in the water, far from it, we want everyone to have fun and enjoy the summer weather. But it is important to remember that drowning can, and does happen, and that there are things you can do to prevent tragedy.
To get involved with the campaign, find out what your local leisure centre is doing or visit our campain wesbite for our free resources at dpw.rlss.org.uk.
Stay safe this summer!