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Be Water and Drowning Aware

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the National Fire Chiefs Council's (NFCC's) drowning prevention and water safety campaign 'Be Water Aware' which runs from 23rd - 29th April.

Drowning is one of the UK's leading causes of accidental death. Each year more than 300 people drown after tripping, falling or just by underestimating the risks associated with being near water. Many more people are left with life changing injuries in water related incidents.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will raise awareness of the risks so people can enjoy the water safely and not end up as one of these shocking statistics.

This Saturday (April 28th) firefighters across the county are teaming up with Asda supermarkets to spread safety information. Fire crews will be at stores in Harlow, Colchester, Clacton, Harwich, Tiptree with colleagues from the RNLI to help increase awareness of water safety.

Safety advice
• If you are going for a walk or run near water stick to proper pathways and stay clear of the waters edge
• Make sure conditions are safe, avoid walking or running near water in the dark, slippery or in bad weather
• If you've had alcohol don't enter the water, avoid walking alone and avoid routes near water
• Never enter the water to try and help a person or animal - always call 999 and use any water rescue equipment if it is available
• If you are spending time near water - whether at home or abroad make sure you are familiar with local safety information

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