East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is working with other organisations to urge us to be extra careful around water when enjoying the festive season.
The call comes during the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s - Don’t Drink and Drown campaign (5 – 11 December).
It is warning drinkers about the risks associated with open water after they have been drinking – encouraging people to act responsibly, encouraging them to make sure they and their friends avoid walking home near bodies of water after drinking and also talking to pubs and clubs on the coast and near canals and rivers about the risks.
Every year around 400 people in the UK drown in water and 20 per cent of all adult accidental drowning victims had alcohol in their bloodstream.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker said, “We are very lucky to have beautiful coastline and rivers in our area however after a drink or two, people’s awareness of danger decreases. We want everyone to come home safely after celebrating this festive season.”
• Don’t walk home near water, you might fall in
• Look out for your friends, make sure they get home safely
• Don’t enter the water if you have been drinking
• Alcohol seriously affects your ability to get yourself out of trouble
Effects of alcohol
• Alcohol lowers inhibitions, leading to impaired judgment which means you are more likely to take risks and get into trouble
• Alcohol limits muscle ability making simple movements much harder
• Alcohol slows down your reactions making it more difficult to get yourself out of trouble
• Alcohol numbs the senses particularly sight, sound and touch, making swimming very difficult