DAY AT THE CANAL
What are the hazards?
Take a look at the below image and try your best to figure out what the potential hazards are. We've provided the answers at the bottom but try and figure them out without looking.
There are a total of 7!
Danger of being swept away by hidden or strong currents, into deep and cold water
Only enter canals as part of an organised swimming or activity event with safety cover
Danger of being hit by boats or other objects
If you do fall in, swim directly towards the bank and climb out. If you can’t climb out, shout and signal for help, and to make boats aware of your presence
Slippery or unstable surface
Banks can be slippery or unstable and you may fall in
Stay away from the edge
Steep or sheer banks make it very difficult to climb out of water if you fall in
Stay away from the edge. If you fall in, try to float until help comes
Rocks and rubbish are often hidden below the surface and can cause injury or trap you in the water
Be careful when moving in shallow water and do not jump in when you cannot see what is underneath
Canal water can be very cold, even in the summer. The effects from jumping into cold water can be fatal
Do not get into water without testing its temperature first.
Danger of broken legs and spinal injuries from falling from or jumping off a bridge.
Don't lean over the side of the railings, and don’t jump from bridges.