Fire service in Derbyshire urges people to be aware of water danger as lockdown eases

As lockdown restrictions ease across the UK, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue are urging us to be aware when exercising near open water

The service are concerned people in the county could be more tempted to go into lakes, rivers and reservoirs because of the warmer temeratures- and the fact pools and leisure centres are closed

Station manager Kevin Page told us there are a number of dangers: "You could suffer from cold water shock if you enter the water. Thar would lead to shortness of breath, muscle cramps and disorientation.

"There's also hidden currents, hidden debris and other hazards beneath the surface. Fast flowing water is one to be particularly mindful of,a dn don't forget that water can be polluted as well.

"We need to protect our NHS so we don't want anybody having accidents and pulling resources from where they're needed at the moment. Remain vigilant, be aware of the dangers. 

"Just because there's been a hint that we can get outside and exercise more doesn't mean that we can be any less prepared for the dangers that are out there."

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