Children urged to play safe

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CHILDREN are being urged to play safe by the North West Ambulance Service during the summer holidays.

The emergency service is preparing for an influx of call-outs to falls, road traffic accidents and water related incidents during the summer break.

According to bosses from the ambulance service, most of the incidents can be easily avoided.

Derek Cartwright, director of emergency services, said: “Children will be children and of course we want them to enjoy their summer holiday.

“It is a sad fact, however, that we see a rise in the number of incidents involving children and we would like to reiterate the road safety message and the warning not to swim in lakes, rivers, canals and reservoirs – even the strongest swimmer can find themselves in trouble and it can lead to tragic and fatal accidents.”

The service deals with a number of incidents each year, which are a direct result of children trying to cool off in waterways or by playing games and having accidents.

Without lifeguard supervision, children can get into trouble with either unseen currents, mud banks, underwater equipment or an unexpected depth.

Mr Cartwright added: “We urge parents to make sure their children are road aware and if out on their bikes, scooters or skateboards, they wear their helmets and pay close attention to other road users at all times. The last thing we want is for children to start school in a plaster cast or even worse to not start at all.”