Visiting the coast whilst on holiday – know what to do in a coastal emergency?
Visiting the coast whilst on holiday, a short break or just for the day is always a great opportunity to unwind and spend quality time with friends and or the family. Maybe you will take in a bracing coastal walk, take part in some form of water activity or out on the water? Sometimes whilst on holiday people will take risks around water which they wouldn’t normally do. Follow our top 10 tips to enable you to have a safe, but enjoyable time:
- Consider signing up for some training before undertaking any form of activity on the water from a recognised training provider
- Wear a buoyancy aid or properly serviced lifejacket
- Always carry a means of ‘calling for help’ eg mobile phone even if you walking along the coast or a VHF radio in a waterproof case if you are out on the water with flares and a Personal Locator Beacon
- Check the weather and tide times before you venture out
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times and heed local hazard warning signs
- If you should see or hear an animal or person in difficulty at the coast or in the water call ‘999’ and ask for the Coastguard giving an accurate location
- Download the SafeTrx App and use it to keep safe whilst swimming, kayacking, sailing or diving
- Always supervise your children when they are in the water
- Use a lifeguarded beach where possible
- If you do find yourself in the water unexpectedly always float to live
This blog is part of our commitment to supporting the National Fire Chief’s Drowning Prevention campaign week. Always check out all the #BeWaterAware social media postings for more safety advice.