Tarmac is?supporting?Drowning Prevention Week, a national?campaign?aimed at raising awareness?about the dangers of entering open water and providing people with information?they need to enjoy water safely.?
Running?between 12-19 June 2020?and organised?by?the?Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), the campaign is timed to coincide with the beginning of summer?and?a?period?that traditionally sees an increase in?fatal drowning incidents.?
Tarmac, which owns and operates?quarries?all over the UK, is urging members of the public?to?stay away and resist any temptation?to trespass?at?its?sites,?particularly during warmer periods?and as?the Government’s coronavirus lockdown measures for exercising outdoors continue to ease.?
The company?has already been taking?robust?measures?at?a number of?its sites?to?improve?safety?and discourage?those from?illegally?entering?any?of its?quarry lakes, which often?contain many hidden dangers and hazards.?
Andy?Shuttlewood,?Health, Safety, Environment and Quality?director at Tarmac,?said: “A combination of factors including?the Government’s easing of COVID-19?restrictions and the?recent period of extended?hot weather?has resulted in people illegally visiting quarries?with lakes?across the country.?
“Sadly, this kind of activity can often result in fatal accidents, which is why we are committed to educating?local communities?about?this important issue.?Quarries may seem tempting places to visit for a variety of reasons but contain many hidden dangers and hazards.? It’s vital that for their own safety, all members of the public keep away and do not trespass on these sites?
“We’re therefore pleased to be supporting?the?Drowning Prevention Week?campaign, which is making a?positive effort to?help?give?people?the?vital?skills and knowledge they?need?to enjoy water, safely.”?
Now in its?seventh?year, the campaign?has?been?gaining?increasing support?for its goals?to educate individuals and families?about water safety,?and has been backed?by a wide range of organisations including the RNLI,?the?Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents?(RoSPA), the emergency services?and?the Mineral?Products?Association?–?of which Tarmac is a member.?
Further information?is available?via the RLSS’?website?(www.rlss.org.uk/drowning-prevention-week)?which?includes?a?new?video?‘The Families’ Story’?that?powerfully?explains?the?importance of?staying?safe?around open water.?