VIDEO: Warning over deadly dangers of swimming in reservoirs

A warning is being issued in a bid to stop people putting themselves at risk of drowning during the hot weather.

Tuesday, 19th July 2016, 3:02 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th July 2016, 4:04 pm
Filming of a water safety video, Cold Water Kills which reveals deadly dangers of swimming in reservoirs Yorkshire Water and West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.

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.

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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.

Go together!

*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.