How to be Canal Careful in hot weather

Scotland’s canals may look tempting, especially during the course of a heatwave. However there are hidden dangers in bodies of water.

Here are some of the hidden hazards to avoid in our waters:

  • Deep, cold waters – although its’s hot, the water is still very cold and can send the body into shock in seconds
  • Steep, slippery banks – which may make it difficult to get out of the water
  • Hidden currents – dangerous undercurrents can lurk beneath the surface, causing swimmers to get into difficulty
  • Hidden objects, concrete structures and reeds, which can hurt and trap swimmers
  • Remote locations – avoid locations with no/poor mobile phone coverage, and lack of immediate assistance.

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