The UK’s drowning prevention charity has issued a warning as children break up from school and people look forward to the Easter bank holiday.
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is urging people to stay safe as many enjoy activities during their time off that involve being in or around water.
Around 400 people drown in the UK each year, and holiday times, particularly the first major break of the year, mean more people are out and about and may put themselves or others at risk if they avoid safety advice.
RLSS UK Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole, said: “We want as many people as possible to enjoy activities in and around water during their holidays. But we want them to do so safely by taking our simple advice and using their common sense.
“Ensuring you and your family are clear on water safety and steps to take to keep everyone safe in and around water could mean the difference between a happy Easter holiday and a devastating family tragedy.
“Whether it’s a picnic by the river, trip to the beach or day out with your mates, please take care and stay safe – we would hate to hear of any tragic, and avoidable, drownings taking place this holiday.”