Play safe, Stay Safe this Summer!

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Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
There’s still a few weeks until the schools go back, and NI Water has reminded everyone, especially young people, about the dangers of playing at or near sites like treatment works, reservoirs and construction sites. niwater3Michael Bergin, Health and Safety Manager at NI Water, explained, “Understandably, natural curiosity will draw children and young people to many of our sites. “However, they are not playgrounds, and fooling around at or near them can have dangerous consequences. I would urge all parents to continue to explain to their children the dangers of playing in or around these areas. “The remoteness of many of our sites could hamper and delay rescue attempts, should such a need arise,” he warned. “I would also ask the local community to be vigilant against criminal damage and vandalism at NI Water sites. This damage can result in major delays to work schedules aimed at providing local communities with a vital service, and valuable time and money is wasted repairing the damage. “Not only that, is a ‘bit of fun’ really worth a criminal record when you are caught? Similarly, we would encourage parents to highlight the dangers of reservoirs. Calm water can look very inviting, especially during warm weather, but there are many dangers associated with it, like low temperatures, deep water, and the potential for becoming trapped. “The temperatures in reservoirs are extremely low even on warm days and can cause the onset of hypothermia at a very early stage, making it very easy for even the strongest of swimmers to get into trouble. Michael added, ‘‘We want everyone to enjoy what remains of the summer holidays before heading back to school or college in September. What’s important is that everyone remembers the dangers and stays safe –it would be terrible if you never returned to school, all because of having some ‘fun’ at or near a NI Water site.’’
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