Play safe, stay safe this Summer, urges NI Water

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Friday, August 9th, 2013
As the good weather continues during the Summer months, NI Water is reminding parents and young people about the dangers of playing near treatment works, reservoirs and construction sites. Michael Bergin, Health and Safety Manager at NI Water, explained, “Understandably, natural curiosity will draw children to these sites. “However, they are not playgrounds and fooling around at them can have dangerous consequences. I would urge all parents to explain to their children the dangers of playing in or around these areas. “The remoteness of our sites could hamper and delay rescue attempts, should such a need arise. Similarly, we would also encourage parents to highlight the dangers of reservoirs. Calm water can look very inviting, but there are many dangers associated with it, like low temperatures and the potential for becoming trapped,” he explained. “The temperatures in reservoirs are extremely low and could cause the onset of hypothermia at a very early stage, making it very easy for even the strongest of swimmers to get into trouble. “We would ask parents and young people to continue to be vigilant at all times, so everyone can enjoy the Summer period safely. I am also urging the local community to be vigilant as NI Water is experiencing a growing problem of people vandalising work at our sites. Bergin added, “This damage can cause major delays in work schedules aimed at providing local communities with a vital service, and valuable time and money is wasted repairing the damage.”
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