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Scottish Water has begun a social media campaign designed to help inform members of the public of the dangers of death and personal injury when moving in and around open water - including reservoirs, rivers, spillways, underwater pipework and lochs.

The #ReservoirSafety campaign is aimed to coincide with the height of summer and comes at a time when figures have been released detailing how last year 338 people in the UK were killed in drowning incidents.

The campaign is targeted at young people and forms part of the Go Safe Scotland internet-based safety resource. The #ReservoirSafety campaign is also looking to educate dog owners about the dangers of following dogs into water. Tragically such incidents are more likely to result in the death of the owner rather than the dog.

"While everyone should enjoy their school holidays or take pleasure in the country's beautiful lochs, rivers and reservoirs, it's absolutely vital that they stay safe at all times," commented Peter Farrer, Scottish Water's chief operating officer.

"Safety is a serious issue as while the water may look harmless there are many hidden dangers. We need to ensure children, and parents, are aware of these hazards. We are reminding parents to keep their children safe and asking adults to act responsibly around watercourses."


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