Drowning prevention charity reminds the public to remain vigilant as flood dangers spread even further.

The Royal Life Saving Society has urged people to stay safe and know what to do in an emergency as more and more areas are affected by severe flooding and further rain and storms are expected.

Adrian Lole, RLSS UK director of lifesaving, said: “We issued flood safety advice at the beginning of the storms and have continued to urge people to keep them and their families safe, not take unnecessary risks and never underestimate the power of floodwater.

“We also continue to ask that people do not feel tempted to go ‘sightseeing’ and view extreme conditions on flooded land or sea fronts and to never take risks driving through floodwater.”

The RLSS UK is also calling on everyone to be proactive and to learn about water safety in order to protect themselves and their loved-ones.

Every year around 400 people lose their lives through accidental drowning, but by remembering and following some quick and easy advice, people can help prevent themselves becoming one of the statistics.

RLSS UK’s quick advice tips for staying safe during times of flooding.

  •  Never try to walk or drive through floodwater – six inches of fast flowing water can knock an adult over, two feet of water will float a car and unknown obstacles and drains and manholes can pose a danger
  • Never try to swim through fast flowing water or flood water – you may get swept away or be struck or caught up in an object in the water
  • Never allow children or pets to go near or play in flood water. It is hazardous and may be contaminated with chemicals
  • Keep an eye on weather reports for flooding in your area. Do not travel in heavy rainstorms unless absolutely necessary
  • Prepare a flood kit in case your home floods or you are trapped in a vehicle for any period – this can contain a change of clothing, wellies, waterproofs and blankets as well as a torch, charged mobile, radio, medication and a first aid kit and a list of useful numbers, including flood alert lines.

To find out more on water safety advice and how to join your local RLSS UK club and learn lifesaving skills go to www.rlss.org.uk.