Children warned about dangers of water sites04 Apr 2012
NI Water is sending a ‘play safe’ message to young people and asking their parents to be vigilant over the Easter holidays. It is warning about the dangers of playing near construction sites where water mains upgrade work is being carried out. Playing at these locations could have serious consequences.
Understandably, natural curiosity will draw some children to these places, as they appear to be exciting places to explore. However, despite their appearance as potential playgrounds, they can have hidden hazards.
All parents are urged to explain to their children to avoid these sites and the unforeseen dangers they may have.
Tips on staying safe
There are some simple tips on how to stay safe:
- don’t climb on barriers and fences - they are there to protect you from serious injury and accidents
- stay away from trenches and open manholes - they are dirty, deep and contain dangerous gases
- keep clear of equipment - you may see diggers, lorries, pipes and other equipment, but don’t be tempted to touch or play with it!
- obey ‘Danger’ signs
Parents, community representatives and young people are asked to continue to be vigilant at all times, so everyone can have a safe and enjoyable Easter break.