Stay Water Safe


With the weather getting warmer South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue want to remind everyone of the dangers of inland open water such as lakes, rivers, ponds, reservoirs, canals and balancing ponds.  These waters pose unique dangers that are outlined in the videos below.

As we prepare to leave lockdown they also want to remind you of the following dangers:

  • Visiting near coastal waters – Whether you will be visiting our own beautiful seaside areas or going abroad, we have plenty of information to help you stay safe near coastal waters, please visit Royal National Lifeboat Institute for more information:
  •  Keeping safe in your home or gardens – please take extra care as the warm weather approaches!  When using garden pools, hot tubs and baths, it takes literally seconds for someone to drown, and in very little water!

Some useful facts:

  • In the UK we lose more children to water each year than we do to Fires, Road traffic and Cycling incidents combined!
  • Did you know that South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue attended 144 water incidents in 2019/20
  • Nationally, services attended 17,505 flooding and water incidents per year
  • On average, 44 percent of people who drowned never intended to enter the water
  • Figures show that on average 400 people drown in the UK each year
  • The same figures show that a further 200 people commit suicide in water per year
  • Around 2 in every 3 drownings occur in inland waters – e.g. canals
  • Around 45 percent of 7 to 11 year olds can’t swim 25m unaided
  • Around 1 in 3 drownings were related to alcohol

Here are some useful links to Water Safety videos:

You can also visit the following sites for more information: