This page includes key messages, videos, documents and links to raise awareness of water safety messages.
Teach your children the Water Safety Code
STOP & THINK
Look for the dangers. Always read the signs and understand what they mean.
Never go near water on your own. Always have an adult with you.
If you fall in, float or swim on your back and stay calm. Throw something that floats to someone who has fallen in.
CALL 999 or 112
In an emergency call 999 or 112 (coastguard)
Toddler water safety
Water safety is an important part of a child's education, and even very young children can learn how to be safe near water. Take a look at the resources in the link below from the Canal River Trust:
Emergency services across the Thames Valley join forces to share important water safety message
Emergency services, local authorities and the Environment Agency will be working together across the Thames Valley to share how to stay safe by the water and how simple changes and techniques could save a life.
Following tragic deaths in the water over the last few years in the Thames Valley, Thames Valley Police, Buckinghamshire and Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Services, the Environment Agency, South Central Ambulance Service, Buckinghamshire Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have all been working together with the aim of warning and informing residents of how to stay safe by the water, particularly with young people who often head to the water side when schools are closed.
As a partnership, they are thrilled to be working with Olympic swimmer Tom Dean MBE on this important topic. This week a short water safety video is being shared across the Thames Valley that features Tom and includes advice around safe open water swimming, the dangers of jumping from bridges and what to do if you find yourself in trouble in the water.
For full video and details clink link here.
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Community Wardens Launch New QR Code Locations on life buoys along the River Thames and some lakes.
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Community Wardens are launching a new water safety initiative that could save precious minutes for emergency responders if someone gets into trouble in open water.
The wardens have created unique QR codes which are being placed in the casing of life buoys alongside the River Thames and around some lakes (with landowner permission).
The codes contain pinpoint information to make it easier for services to find the location in an emergency. They also make it easier to report any missing or vandalised equipment.
For more information click here.