At what intervals should I place life rings around a water hazard?
You should only decide to install public rescue equipment after you have conducted a risk assessment. Rescue equipment should play only a minor role in a water safety strategy, with greater emphasis on prevention.
However once you have decided to install lifebuoys it should be:
- Clearly positioned and in colours of red or yellow
- At a maximum height of 1.7m above the ground
- Regularly inspected and replaced where necessary.
Placing and spacing will depend on the identified risk - look for the places where people congregate or where people are likely to fall in. Generally spacing of equipment at 100m intervals is acceptable under normal conditions, so that a potential rescuer is not more than 50m from the equipment.
Date Updated/Created: 13/09/2010
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