The Oban Times newspapers and the West Coast
Review have teamed up with Neighbourhood Watch
and Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks to bring
you practical information, advice and tips on how to
keep you, your family and your community safe.
This feature will run over the next 12 issues, from protecting
your home and possessions to helping your
children enjoy the benefi ts of the Internet in safety. We
hope you fi nd it useful and informative!
General Water Safety Advice
• Avoid walking or running near water e.g. canals,
rivers at night.
• Always wear a suitable personal fl otation
device when participating in any water sports
e.g. canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding. Be
aware of Cold Water Shock where low water
temperatures will affect the body’s normal
functions and can cause serious diffi culties. Even
on a hot day – it only needs to be 15 degrees or
lower for cold water shock to kick in.
• Avoid drinking any alcohol near water.
• Be aware of any strong currents and underwater
debris in reservoirs and rivers.
• The safest option for any kind of swimming is to
go to a supervised beach or swimming pool. In
winter avoid icy lochs and rivers as people (and
dogs) can easily fall through the ice and drown.
30 | SEPTEMBER 2019
In association with
Advice for Families with Young Children
Young children are inquisitive and any water may be
of interest to them. Paddling pools, baths, buckets of
water and garden ponds are all key hazards around
the home environment. Follow these tips to keep
your child safe around the home environment:
• Check the garden at regular intervals. All containers,
pools and buckets should be emptied of any water.
• Always supervise children in the garden.
• Be aware of cleaning buckets which can pose a
hazard to young children if they are left full. Grille,
fence or fi ll in garden ponds until children are older.
“With our holiday season in
full swing it’s worth taking
a moment to remind everyone
to enjoy and respect
our coastline. It’s great
to spend a day out at the
coast or seaside. Whether
you like cliff walks, boating
or just soaking up the sunshine
on a beach, there’s
something for everyone.
But sea and coastal
conditions can change
fast and you can get in
trouble before you know it.
To help you enjoy the coast
safely, make sure you
check weather and tides
before you set out, wear
appropriate clothing and
footwear and be aware of
If you get into trouble or
you see someone else in
trouble, call 999 and ask
for the COASTGUARD.”
Operations Offi cer