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Caution near water urged as holidays loom

Scottish Water is urging care near inland waterways.

Scottish Water is urging care near inland waterways.

Scottish Water is reminding people in Angus to play it safe in or near the county’s rivers, reservoirs and lochs this summer.

The company is advising people not to take risks around watercourses and is calling on children and parents in particular to take care near water during the summer holidays and any spells of warm weather.

Steve Scott, Scottish Water’s regional communities team manager for Angus, said: “While it’s important that youngsters enjoy their school holidays and that people across Scotland take pleasure in the country’s beautiful lochs, rivers and reservoirs, it’s also vital that they stay safe.

“We are reminding parents to keep their children safe and asking adults to act responsibly around watercourses.”

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is backing Scottish Water’s call.

Carlene McAvoy, community safety development officer at RoSPA Scotland, said: “During periods of hot weather and school holidays, there is often a rise in the number of accidental drownings, which is why it is important to be extra vigilant around inland waters,

“The safest option is to go swimming at properly-supervised sites, such as beaches, lidos or swimming pools, although we appreciate that not everyone can get to these locations.”

Further information is available by calling 0845 601 8855 or online at www.scottishwater.co.uk/takecare or www.rospa.com

 

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