Water safety this summer
Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue is joining with their partner agencies across Hertfordshire and asking people to stay safe when spending time in and around water as the weather improves.
In the hot weather, we know it can be tempting to cool off in open water and lakes - but the dangers of the water are not worth the risk.
- Nearly 50 percent of people who accidentally drowned in 2020 had no intention of entering the water
- In the same year, 254 lives were lost simply because people were spending time in and around water
- Many people underestimate the risk of jumping into cold water. In both instances, the effects of cold water shock and not knowing how to self-rescue can cause even the strongest swimmers to drown
- Even on a warm day the temperature in open water can remain very cold, causing a physical reaction that can make it difficult to control breathing, cause panic and make it difficult to swim
- If you do find yourself in difficulty in the water, don't panic, fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back in the water and float on your back until the effects of cold water shock pass. Then you can call for help or swim to safety
- If someone is in trouble in water inland, call 999 and ask for the fire brigade. At the coast ask for the coastguard. You should never enter the water to attempt a rescue
Water activities should not be discouraged but rather encouraged to do it in the safest way possible - which the majority do, but THINK - no lifeguard, no swimming.
If you would like to swim safely, Stanborough Park has open water swimming session with trained staff and lifeguards.
New what3words boards were recently installed around the lakes to help keep you and others safe in the event of an emergency. The boards help direct emergency services to a location quickly.