Water and Fire Safety

For most people the summer is an enjoyable time - a chance to get outdoors and be active, hopefully enjoy some good weather and spend time with friends and family.

But we know that there are some risks associated with activities that are more common during the summer - and even the weather can have an impact on our health.

Water Safety

Watch Wakefield District Water Safety Group’s hard hitting video, which brings home the impact swimming in open water can have.

Here's a message from Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, asking parents, grandparents and carers to make sure their children know the dangers of cooling-off in lakes, ponds, quarries and canals.

  • during the hot weather, please don’t be tempted to cool off in ponds, lakes and flooded quarries as this is an extremely dangerous activity.
  • water that looks inviting on the surface may have hidden dangers underneath, such as rubbish and tangled weeds
  • other water can be pleasingly cool at the edges but very cold when it gets deeper and again, this gives an increased risk of drowning
  • the only safe place to take a dip is at places specifically designed for swimming
  • if you see people swimming in our open water sites, please phone to report the incident on 0345 8 506 506
    • however, if you spot anyone in danger please call 999 immediately and ask for FIRE
  • if you do find yourself in danger in cold water remember "float to live":
    • lean back extend arms and legs
    • control your breathing
    • call for help or swim to safety
  •  for more water safety advice visit westyorksfire.gov.uk

Fire Safety

Be aware of another summer hazard – the potential for damaging fires being caused by barbecues

  • use only purpose-manufactured barbecues, be very careful where they are positioned and do not use inside enclosed spaces
  • when grass and shrubbery is dry there is always the danger of fire being started by just one stray spark
  • a useful tip is to keep a bucket of water handy for when doing any outdoors cooking
  • please ensure you don’t leave litter – it can be potential fuel for a fire
  • please don’t discard cigarettes in the countryside or in fields: dispose of smoking materials properly and always make sure they are completely extinguished
  • clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to avoid them magnifying the sun and starting a fire

More information about fire safety

West Yorkshire Fire Service (wildfires)

Contact Us

Public Health Wakefield Council Wakefield One PO Box 700 Wakefield WF1 2EB

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