Water safety tips issued ahead of holidays


Heat waves and the upcoming holidays will once again see many individuals making their way to dams, rivers and beaches.

The Department of Water and Sanitation would like to urge the public to take necessary safety measures when near or in water as casualties of drowning are reported on annual basis during this period.

  • Alcohol and water do not mix. Stay away from dams and rivers when intoxicated.
  • Do not fish using nets.
  • Do not contaminate rivers and dams by littering.
  • Don’t swim in rivers and dams; you risk drowning or contracting water-borne diseases.
  • Do not under no circumstances leave children unattended around water.
  • Always have a designated adult appointed to watch over young children near anybody or water.
  • Never allow young children in the pool without an adult, regardless of how confident you may feel.
  • Don’t allow a young child to play in the vicinity of an accessible swimming pool or sea.
  • Don’t think your child is immune just because they are having swimming lessons. Something as unexpected as a cramp or strong currant could undermine all their previous training.
  • Flotation devices, nets and fences are no substitute for caution and supervision.
  • Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). This is especially advisable for babysitters, minders, parents and older siblings
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers programmed on your cell phone and make sure that everyone in the household knows how to access help in such a situation.

Statement issued by the Department of Water & Sanitation