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Health warnings over expected heat wave

Wigan youngsters are  dicing with death swimming in the canal at Poolstock despite Police warnings

Wigan youngsters are dicing with death swimming in the canal at Poolstock despite Police warnings

EMERGENCY services and health authorities have issued warnings ahead of extreme weather conditions forecast to hit the borough this weekend.

Weather forecasters say Saturday could be one of the hottest day of the year but with it come the chance of extreme thunder storms prompting fears of localised flooding.

Fire and waterways chiefs have also issued warnings about the danger posed by canals and rivers.

Tony Stammers, head of health and safety at the Canal and River Trust, explains: “Canals and rivers are brilliant places to go to on hot days, and excellent for families to explore during the holidays – I’d encourage anyone to make a visit this summer. But it’s also important that people, especially children, are aware of the dangers of cooling off by going for a dip in the wrong place. We always urge parents to make sure their children know how to stay safe.

“In particular, inland waters such as canals, rivers and reservoirs may look inviting on a hot summer’s day, but any open body of water can pose a hazard as the water can often be extremely cold and can bring on cramps in even the strongest swimmers and there may be hidden objects lurking beneath the surface.”

Health chiefs also say that the hot weather can be dangerous. Dr Paul Cosford, director for health protection at Public Health England (PHE), said: “High temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be particularly vulnerable.”

 

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