Water safety

​Summer water safety

Never be tempted to cool off with a swim in open water as swimming in rivers, canals, ponds, quarries and lakes can have deadly consequences. You should never swim anywhere other than in purpose-built and supervised swimming pools, unless you are a member of an organised swimming group. Please see the video below, courtesy of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service:


The Water Safety Code

During the school holidays, and in particular in hot weather, an increasing number of children put themselves at risk of drowning.

To keep yourself safe, when you are in, on or beside water, always follow the Water Safety code and always look out for the National Water safety signs.

  • spot the dangers
  • take safety advice
  • go together
  • learn how to help

Winter water safety

  • Never go onto frozen water under any circumstances.
  • Children and pets are particularly at risk when tempted to play on the ice.
  • Pets should be kept on leads when near to frozen water and owners should refrain from throwing objects for them to retrieve.

For further information and advice on what you should do if you do get into trouble in open water or falling through ice, please visit the sites below:

Boat fire safety

Fires on boats have killed 30 boaters in the last 20 years. Most fires are preventable; follow our tips and advice on how to protect your boat and crew from fire, and what to do should a fire break out. The video below is courtesy of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service:



  • ​fit a bubble type gas leak indicator in the LPG cylinder locker
  • fit a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm suitable for marine use that meets the EN50291-2 standard
  • keep the cooking area clean for safety
  • keep cabin ventilation clear to prevent a build-up of toxic CO
  • check stoves, flues and surrounding areas for damages and repair or replace immediately
  • have your chimney swept regularly
  • use a proper, stable ashtray for cigarettes
  • take extra care with lit candles, don't leave them unattended and only use secure holders
  • make sure you check and maintain your boat's fuel, gas and electrical systems on a regular basis
  • have gas and electric appliances properly installed and serviced routinely by competent fitters
  • make an emergency plan with everyone on board before you set out
  • have enough life jackets for everyone on board, and keep them in good condition
  • only consider tackling a fire with an extinguisher or fire blanket if you are confident using them; if in doubt, evacuate the boat
  • if you are inland or moored near to land and you have a fire, move everybody off the boat and call 999 immediately
  • if you are off-shore and you have a fire, move as far away from the fire as you can on deck, get everybody into life jackets and call for help
  • visit the Boat Safety Scheme website for further advice and guidance

Visit our home fire safety page for advice on how to check your home. We have a checklist available to download and you will also find how to apply for a visit should you need more help.

Flood prevention

Whether you're a business, homeowner, community or landowner, there are several ways you can help to prevent flooding problems. Visit the Northamptonshire Flood Toolkit website to find out more.