Water Safety Event
Water Safety Event
On Friday 19th April, Walthamstow Wetlands, in partnership with Thames Water and the London Fire Brigade, hosted a Water Safety Awareness Event. The fun family day out saw 2,635 people visit Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve to take part in the day’s activities and learn more about water safety challenges and procedures at the Thames Water operational site.
The Water Safety Awareness Event was a great opportunity to witness a live water rescue and first aid demonstrations. The day also included throwline demonstrations so that visitors could learn an important life skill in how to throw a rope effectively to someone in need, and there were also a number of information stalls and children’s activities.
The ten working reservoirs, which provide 3.5 million Londoners daily with high quality drinking water, offer both beauty and serenity, but also bring hidden dangers. The aim of the Water Safety Awareness Event was to engage with visitors on how to ‘Keep It Special, Keep It Safe.’ Below are a few learnings from the day:
- It is difficult to tell how deep the water is, and there are often sudden drops which cannot be seen.
- Reservoirs can be very isolated so it takes time to get assistance if you get into trouble.
- There may be hidden currents from pipes and equipment.
- There may be hidden obstacles below the water.
- It may be difficult to get out of a reservoir as the sides can be very steep.
- There may be blue green algae in the water, which can cause skin rashes and stomach upsets.
- The water temperature is very cold, rarely reaching above 10 degrees even in summer.
- For all the reasons above, entering the water, even paddling, at Walthamstow Wetlands is strictly prohibited onsite.
With the recent warm weather and summer on its way, it is important that all visitors experience a safe and enjoyable time getting close to nature at Walthamstow Wetlands. With free events such as the Water Safety Awareness Event, visitors can get involved with their local community and learn more about the procedures, precautions and policies associated with safety around water. For more upcoming events, visit www.walthamstowwetlands.com.