Despite being dubbed as one of the warmest years for quite some time, 2015 saw its fair share of torrential downpours. While heavy rainfall can increase the risk of accidents such as slips, trips and falls, depending on your location and the severity of the floods, there are other dangers involved with walking and swimming in flood waters.
The risks of walking and swimming in flood waters
Besides general slips and falls when walking and swimming in flood waters, there are other dangers to be aware of. An awareness of these health and safety risks can help to minimise your risk of illness and injury should you find yourself in a flood situation.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), suggest that those walking or swimming in flood waters should be cautious of:
- walking or swimming in flood waters near to drains, where water is likely to be contaminated
- concealed objects in unclean water, which are a possible cause of lacerations, infections or trips and falls – leading to other injuries, including strains and fractures
- the temperature of the water – desist from walking or swimming in flood waters below 15 degrees C, as this can affect your ability to move
RoSPA recommends that no matter how confident a swimmer you are, you should avoid walking or swimming in flood waters whenever possible. This is because flood waters are not still and ‘a very small/shallow (6″/20cm) volume of moving water can knock you over and take you quickly with the flow’. These flood-related accidents can lead to myriad injuries, and even death.
Have you been injured when walking or swimming in flood waters?
If you have been injured when walking or swimming in flood waters, from falls or any other flood-related incident, and you believe you are not to blame, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
No matter the specifics of your claim, at Accident Advice Helpline, we will assess the details of your case and let you know honestly whether you have a case that is likely to succeed if pursued or not. With over 10 years’ experience in the personal injury claims sector, you can be sure your case is in expert hands.
To talk things over, give us a call today on free phone number 0800 689 0500. Lines are open around the clock, 7 days a week for your convenience.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown