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Water safety - runners and walkers

11/06/20

The RLSS in the UK have been warning runners and walkers to stay safe near bodies of water as they are most at risk of accidental drowning. Each year, over 100 people (on average) lose their lives to drowning as a result of walking or running near water. Figures show on average around 55% of all drowning victims were either running or walking, and never intended to be in the water.

“If you are running or walking next to bodies of water, this could be keeping fit, walking the dog, a family walk or a journey home from the pub or a night out, be aware of your surroundings and please be extra vigilant and stay well clear of bank edges. These are often unstable, and this can create slips, trips and falls and always let someone know where you are going. We would ask people to follow our simple advice to help ensure they and their families stay safe.”
Here are some tips for if you every find yourself running or walking near open water:

Be aware: Be aware of your surroundings and take notice of any warning signs when out and about. Learn swimming and lifesaving skills

Resist the urge: Never go into the water to rescue a dog, in nearly all cases dogs will be able to get out, don’t put yourself at risk

Keep away from the edge: When running or walking next to open water, stay well clear of bank edges. They are often unstable, and this can create slips, trips and falls

Take company: Try to always walk or run with a friend. Always let someone know where you’re going – take your mobile phone. If you are running or walking early in the morning or late at night make sure you stay to well-lit, high traffic areas

Watch the tide: Tides are relatively predictable, yet despite this fact every year several people are caught out by rapidly rising water and end up being trapped in isolated bays. If you intend to venture across any beach or bank affected by tidal water, make sure you know when the incoming tide is expected and know where all the exits are

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