Politics and Prevention

Over the last week colleagues who are members of the National Water Safety Forum have been working hard to raise awareness of our politicians in UK …to make them aware of the uk-drowning-prevention-strategy

Firstly the LGA, who are the supporting association for all local politicians in local government …We hope to raise awareness in local councils of their duty of care

The second meeting was with the Rt Hon John Hayes, who has agreed to continue with Ministerial support for the Strategy and for Drowning Prevention and to engage with other ministers in Education, Health, Response…etc

Last night we gave evidence to the Transport Select Committee on the work of the National Water Safety Forum and our partner agencies on tackling Drowning Prevention. We hope that they now have a better picture of some of the issues and that more work is needed to understand risk and take action in local communities…and that this is both an inland and coastal issue for the U.K.

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Don’t Drink and Drown

5th December marks the start of the RLSS UK campaign which aims to increase awareness that water and alcohol don’t mix.

So often seasonal celebrations end up being a families all year round nightmares

stick together if you have been out drinking with friends, so you ALL get home

book a shared taxi home

avoid walking home by water, it’s easy to trip or make a bad judgement when you have been drinking alcohol

Leave the water side rescue equipment alone…it’s there to save lives, not to have a lark with

please check out http://www.rlss.org.uk/dont-drink-and-drown/

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