Recent UK weather conditions have left many of us worried about the risk of flooding throughout the country. While we are all too aware of the damage this can do to our homes and property, it is harder to comprehend how to manage day to day in flood conditions.
Of course, where there’s water, slips, trips and falls are rife, but there are precautions you can take to minimise your risk of injury when walking in flood water.
Staying safe in flood water
We often underestimate the power of water, and it’s important to realise the strength of the force working against you when walking in flood water. Walking in flood water unprepared can lead to slips and falls, drowning, water-borne illness and other water-related injury and sickness.
To stay safe when walking in flood water, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) stresses that you avoid moving water at all costs, no matter how important you feel your travel is. RoSPA confirm that, ‘a very small/shallow (6″/20cm) volume of moving water can knock you over and take you quickly with the flow’, causing injury and even death.
RoSPA also recommends that you are aware of the following dangers when walking in flood water:
- walking in flood water near to drains, or where water could be contaminated
- hidden objects in murky water, which could cause lacerations/infections or trips and falls
- walking in flood water which is below 15 degrees Celsius can affect your ability to move
When walking in flood water it is important to protect yourself as much as possible by wearing waterproof clothing and taking a pole to help you scan surfaces, and below, as you walk.
Although walking in flood water isn’t always avoidable, it should be reserved for emergency situations.
We can help
If you have been walking in flood water, depending on the nature of your accident, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation if you are not liable for the harm you have suffered.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we can help you determine your eligibility and work with you on recovering the compensation you are entitled to.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500, for a free initial consultation, with no pressure to pursue your claim following the call. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown