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Police Remind Highland Perthshire of Summer Safety

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With schools closing for summer, the police are reminding people to be careful while out enjoying the fair season.

In particular, they’re warning of the common dangers they come across near water across Highland Perthshire.

Chief inspector, Graham Binnie said: “From this Thursday, Alice Coopers classic “School’s Out” will be sounding out across the county.

“As we spend more time outdoors, we must consider risks to safety so here are a few tips to help have a safe and enjoyable summer.

“Everyone wants to see our countryside and enjoy our waterways and coastline particularly with swimming pools being closed.

“But please remember, any area of water, including reservoirs, canals and rivers can hold hidden dangers and this is particularly pertinent for those who might wish to swim to the islands found on the Tay as it passes through Perth.”

They highlighted how dangerous the waters can be when drunk so they say just to avoid if you’re intoxicated.

And to check the temperature and depth of any body of water, even without consuming alcohol.

Mr Binnie added: “With many stretches of water in the county being located in remote areas, help will often be some considerable time away, so take responsibility for your own actions and make sensible decisions to stay safe around waterways.”

There are lots of resources out there on how to stay safe out in the water, for instance Scottish Water have a video on how to treat their reservoirs: https://www.scottishwater.co.uk/your-home/campaigns/respect-our-reservoirs

Or for open bodies of water, the RNLI explain how they can help: https://rnli.org/

And the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents breaks it down on: https://www.rospa.com/

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