A CHARITY is issuing water safety advice as the weather warms up. With a week of warm weather predicted following the Easter bank holiday, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has urged people to enjoy the sunshine but warned people to stay water safe. The drowning prevention charity has issued water safety tips that could save lives as temperatures are expected to hit 20C as many enjoy the remainder of the half-term break.
Warm weather leads people to spend time in and around water but if not done safely it can end in tragedy. Around 400 people drown in the UK each year, the equivalent of one every 20 hours. When the weather warms up more people enjoy the water and drownings in open water sadly peak. Diving or jumping into water with low temperature can cause the body to have a cold shock response, resulting in a number of involuntary physiological responses including diffi culty in moving limbs, making swimming or staying on the surface difficult, and a sudden gasp which can mean water is breathed in instead of air. And it is important to remember to be safe around the home as people spend more time in the garden and dig out paddling pools for children.
RLSS UK’s acting director of volunteers and community education, Mike Dunn, said: “With the predicted nice weather we want people to go out and enjoy the water safely and we advise people to swim at open water sites where there are lifeguards to help keep swimmers safe. We also ask people to think water safety at home and follow our tips. “So, make the most of the weather but listen to advice and do so responsibly, don’t let a weekend of fun become a tragedy.” Open water safety tips The conditions at open water sites change constantly:
• Only ever enter the water in areas with adequate supervision and rescue cover
• Always look for warning and guidance signs
• Do not enter fast fl owing water
• Be aware of underwater hazards • Get out of the water as soon as you start to feel cold
• Never enter the water after consuming alcohol
• Always wear a buoyancy aid or lifejacket for activities on the water or at the water’s edge (such as when boating or fishing)
• If you want to swim wear a wetsuit if you have one • Always take someone with you when you go into or near water. If something goes wrong they will be able to get help Top 5 water safety tips near open water
• Be aware of your surroundings and take notice of any warning signs when out and about • When running or walking next to open water, stay well clear of bank edges. They are often unstable and this can create slips, trips and falls
• Try to always walk or run with a friend
• Always let someone know where you’re going – take your mobile phone
• Learn swimming and lifesaving skills Top water safety tips in the garden – Never leave a child unsupervised around water, under any circumstances
• Always use self-closing gates, fences and locks to prevent children from gaining access to ponds and pools of water. Check and maintain fences and fixings regularly and never leave chairs or objects near to fencing that children could use to climb over
• Securely cover all water storage tanks and drains
• Empty paddling pools, buckets, watering cans and other containers as soon as they have been used. Always turn them upside down once empty
• Learn CPR and lifesaving skills – RLSS UK has a variety of course and awards available for all ages and needs What to do if someone is in trouble in the water
• Shout reassurance to them, shout for help and call the emergency services (call 999 or 112)
• Without endangering yourself see if you can reach out to them with a stick, pole or item of clothing – lie down to ensure you stay secure. Alternatively throw something buoyant to them such as a ring buoy or anything that will float.
Llanelli Mayors First Engagement
OUR first engagement for the Town Mayor Chris Griffiths and Town Mayoress Mrs Sara Griffiths, Town Deputy Mayor Terry Davies and Town Deputy Mayoress Mrs Susan Davies, supporting Ymlaen Llanelli (BID).
What a pleasure it was to see people back out again social distancing and using the town to do shopping and socialising with the cafe’s.
Riding on the back and hard work of last year’s success events and a challenge with the Covid 19 lockdown. Ymlaen Llanelli (Ymlaen Llanelli is Llanelli’s Business Improvement District (BID), working to build a more vibrant town centre).
They took up the gauntlet to boost the town by arranging the Super heroes weekend last Saturday, be it at a lower scale from last year, but once again the dedicated team made it a success and a pleasure to be in the town with them, with characters such as Iron man and Captain America, and the Jurassic T rex and the princesses.
Check out their fun video on their facebook page with the Mayoral party giving out the free Jenkins the Bakers cupcakes. Look on https://www.facebook.com/YmlaenLlanelli/ for future events and this year’s rules.
The Mayoral party visited Cowell Street and Marzano’s cafe and bistro and the market St Elli centre, Stepney street and Vaughn street to check out the towns activity and chat with the people. Rev Eldon Phillips our town Cryer was full swing with his bell and entertaining with his news.
All in all, everyone agreed it was a breath of fresh air after lockdown and to see that people were adopting a new style of shopping and experiencing the value and friendship in shopping at Llanelli. You may also check out the towns arrangements with the Bid on
Llanelli Neighbours Celebrate with Lottery Win
Five people in Llanelli are celebrating today after winning £1,000 each thanks to their lucky postcode.
The Dwyfor neighbours netted the windfall when SA14 9HA was announced as a Daily Prize winner with People’s Postcode Lottery on Monday 10th August 2020.
People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt sent her well-wishes to the winners. She said: “What a great way to start the week! Congratulations to our winners, I hope they go and treat themselves with their winnings.”
A minimum of 32% of ticket sales goes directly to charities and players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £600 million to date for thousands of good causes in Britain and beyond.
This draw was promoted by Girlguiding which has received over £5.8 million in funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Girlguiding is active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities.
Many good causes close to the winners have also benefitted from players’ support, and local charities can now apply for funding.
Conviction for an illegal waste operator in south west Wales
Natural Resources Wales (NRW), in partnership with Dyfed-Powys Police, has successfully prosecuted a man for operating an illegal waste site in south west Wales.
James Anthony Gunter, aged 32, from Brynamman, admitted the offences in interview, and was charged with operating an illegal waste facility and disposing of waste at that facility in a manner likely to cause pollution to the environment and human health.
He was sentenced at Llanelli Magistrates’ Courts on Friday 31 July. Gunter received a 12 month community order with 200 hours unpaid work. He must pay costs in full of £6,709 and a victim surcharge of £85.
He’d been operating a household clearance and rubbish removal service in the Ammanford, Neath, Port Talbot and Llanelli areas.
He was taking money from customers to take away their waste and was bringing it back to a site in Brynamman, Ammanford, to dispose of it illegally.
David Morgan, waste enforcement officer, Natural Resources Wales said:
“Illegal waste activities like this blight the countryside, have a detrimental impact on people’s lives with issues including smoke or noise, and impact on legitimate waste businesses.
“Gunter left more than enough evidence to lead us to him. Amongst the mostly burnt waste we discovered numerous documents with addresses on. We also found a sign from an old local business. Thankfully, we could trace these items back to their place of origin, and the producers of the waste were willing to give witness statements.”
The investigation began in June 2019 when the Waste Regulation Team received a number of reports of the illegal waste operation.
Large volumes of waste were regularly being tipped and burnt at a location, on the border of Brecon Beacons National Park.
NRW’s enforcement officer and an officer from Dyfed-Powys Police who was on secondment to NRW at the time, visited the site. From that visit and follow-up enquiries they found substantial amounts of evidence that led to this successful prosecution.
Chief Inspector Jolene Mann, of Dyfed-Powys Police said:
“We rely on our communities to share information with us to target and tackle crimes of this nature, which have a significant impact on local people and the environment. We will continue to work with partner agencies to effectively deal with offenders and to keep our communities safe.”
David Morgan added:
“Thanks to people reporting this iilegal waste operation to us, we were able to investigate and prosecute. But members of the public have another important role to play in preventing illegal waste operations.
“If they arrange for waste to be collected from their business or home, they should check that the business collecting it is registered as a carrier. Search the public register of all waste carriers, brokers and dealers on the NRW website.
“If they’re not registered, don’t let them take the waste away and report them immediately to NRW on our incident line 0300 065 3000.”
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