Don’t Drink and Drown

Today is day 5 of the CFOA #BeWaterAware Drowning Prevention campaign and the focus over this weekend is raising awareness about alcohol and water…they do not mix.

Alcohol not only uninhibits people….meaning that they may do things that they would not before they had a drink or two…like “jump in” or skinny dip …but it also slows down the brain and bodies reactions, meaning that people are far slower to react to situations and do not necessarily “think straight” .

Too many young lives, in particular, are lost every year after a night out….either when larking about, or because people fall in….so we hope to raise awareness ….if you are going to walk home after a drink….avoid walking by water, do not walk alone…or better still get a taxi or prearrange a lift.

Also check out the Royal LifeSaving Society campaign #DontDrinkand Drown

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Be Water Aware

This week sees the Chief Fire Officers Association week long campaign to reduce drowning and improve water safety in the UK.

FIre and Rescue Services all over the UK will be working with other agencies and organisations to improve awareness and understanding of the risk associated with water….why ? ….because every year in the UK around 600 people die in the water…and around 400 of those deaths are accidental .

We want to ensure people enjoy the waterside safely when they are out walking their dogs, going fishing, enjoying a day out or on their way home from a night out.

If you are interested in learning more about the campaign check out the CFOA Facebook page or Twitter account @CFOAfire and to find out more about the National approach please visit the National Water Safety Forum’s website.

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Campaign approaching

imageThe Chief Fire Officers Association runs many safety campaigns each year focused on home safety, fire safety, road safety etc…and this year, for the second year a drowning prevention and water safety campaign

Starting on the 25th of April and running for 7 days the focus this year will be on those people that die in the water that never intended to go into the water in the first place. In fact 44% of those that drown each year never intended to go in. Some of those are people that were out walking or running, some with a dog, some tried to make a rescue, some had been out socialising.

The campaign will be run in Fire and Rescue Services all over the UK with support from many other organisations, including the RNLI, ROSPA and the RLSS.

There will be demonstrations and events and also posters on the CFOA Twitter and website that can be shared.

The campaign has the strap line BE WATER AWARE as we are trying to improve awareness and prevent deaths and injuries in water in the UK and also when on holiday abroad.