Stay safe and well this summer

25/07/2018, PR8852

stay safe this summer

With the start of the summer holidays and the hot weather continuing across the district, Wakefield Council is warning of potential dangers.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: “Trespassing on railways is known to increase during the summer, so we are reminding people to be responsible around our busy railways. Young people are often looking for a place to hang out during the holidays, but areas around railway lines are particularly dangerous. So stay safe and stay away - there are many other places to meet up such as our many parks and open spaces.”

The Council is also reminding residents of the dangers of cooling off or playing in ponds, lakes and flooded quarries. They often have hidden dangers underneath, such as discarded waste which can entrap people, slippery rocks and changes in water depth.

Cllr Cummings added: “During the hot weather some people may be tempted into the water for what appears to be a cooling dip, but swimmers have no idea of what is under the surface. Tangles of weeds and rubbish could ensnare a swimmer and put them in danger of drowning or severe injury. The water can also become dangerously cold when it gets deeper.”

It is dangerous to swim in places that are not specially created for swimming. For a list of Council swimming pools visit  

And with the hot weather continuing, the Council is reminding residents of how to stay safe and keep well by:
• keeping out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
• covering up – by wearing sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses
• wearing light, loose-fitting cotton clothes
• having plenty of cold drinks, but avoiding caffeine and alcohol.

Cllr Pat Garbutt

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: “It’s important to enjoy the sun safely and take extra precautions during the hot weather. Please remember to drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen and stick to the shade during the hottest time of the day.

“Please also look out for those who may be particularly vulnerable in the hot weather – such as those with long-term health conditions and the elderly. If you have any concerns about them please contact Social Care Direct on 0345 8 503 503 or in the event of an emergency call 999.”

For more advice on staying safe this summer visit

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