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Hot weather, water and window safety

Jubilee River

As the summer approaches and we all enjoy more outdoor activities, it’s important to take sensible precautions in the heat, and particularly around water.

Very hot summer weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young or old or those with chronic health conditions.

For advice on how to reduce the risk for yourself or somebody you know please visit NHS Choices or ring NHS 111. You can also visit your local pharmacy for advice.

Does hot weather result in more falls from windows?

Data demonstrates that falls from greater heights tend to cluster in the summer months, presumably because windows are more likely to be open and children are more likely to be playing on fire escapes, roofs, and balconies.

Heatwave advice from Public Health England recommends keeping windows shut during the hottest part of the day to prevent rooms over-heating.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) recommends:

  • fitting child resistant window restrictors but make sure you can get out easily in an emergency
  • do not put anything under the window (chairs, boxes, toys etc.) that can be climbed on

Water safety

Water hazards exist in a range of public places.

There are many risks and dangers associated with swimming in open water such as reservoirs, lakes, ponds and very cold water, and many of these dangers are not visible.

Hidden currents including strength and speed; varying depths of water - shallow to very deep; and steep slimy banks can quickly get you into trouble.

We would encourage members of the public to stay safe around open water. It is vitally important people of all ages heed this advice and only swim in designated areas where there are the appropriate safety precautions, such as life rings and other flotation devices should you get into difficulty.

East Berkshire CCG produced a short video about water safety in response to increasing concerns about the distractions of mobile phones, and how use of electronic devices may impact on risks to supervision of babies and children.

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