Water & Leisure Safety
The main efforts of RoSPA's Leisure Safety department are focused on reducing the several hundred drowning deaths that occur every year in the UK. We provide balanced advice, campaign for change and drive improvements where appropriate. To do this we work with a wide range of professionals, the UK Government and most importantly members of the public. Explore the information here to see where we can best help you!
Press release: Don't kid around with Chinese lanterns during year of the goat festivities, says RoSPA
With thousands of revellers gearing up to celebrate Chinese New Year, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is reminding people to make it an enjoyable occasion by following safety advice on sky lanterns.
Annual UK drowning figures
The number of people accidentally drowning in the UK has dropped by nearly nine per cent in a year to 371 deaths in 2012, latest figures reveal. More than half of deaths from accidents or natural causes continued to be in inland waters, such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs (203), while drowning at the coast or in a harbour, dock, marina or port accounted for a third (124), according to new data from the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF).