Ian Austin is urging local youngsters and their parents to take extra care around water this summer.
The Dudley North MP is backing the Stay Safe campaign organised by the Mineral Products Association to raise awareness of the danger of swimming or playing near open water such as quarries, lakes and reservoirs, as well as the many canals found in the Black Country.
Around 400 accidental drownings occur each year in the UK, highlighting the need for more information about the risks of open water and the potential danger under the surface.
Much of the danger comes from cold water shock, which inhibits body movement, and the objects & plants hidden under the water.
Mineral Products have aimed to halve the number of accidental drownings by 2026.
Ian Austin Said:
“Every year we hear stories of tragic incidents in the UK where people have got in to trouble in quarries and reservoirs.
“Many of those who drown are young people, enjoying their holidays and do not realise the danger they are putting themselves in.
“I’m urging people to check out the Stay Safe campaign to learn more about keeping out of harm’s way”
More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/StaySafeStayOutOfQuarries