River safety information and advice - Saltford Parish Council

Avon Fire and Rescue Service state that 40% of drownings happen in rivers and streams. Records show that on average a young person dies in the river at Saltford every two years.

Due to the hazardous nature of the river and its weirs, every summer Avon Fire and Rescue teams regularly visit Saltford’s river side areas – especially Saltford Weir (Saltford Lock) – to engage with users and share information about water safety. Information from Avon Fire and Rescue about swimming in open water is available. Be water aware – outdoor swimming advice is also available from the National Fire Chiefs Council.

SPC thanks the landowner for removing all rope swings from trees in this area, which have previously been the subject of safety concerns.

A list of defibrillators in Saltford is below. Several life rings are located in Saltford, including opposite The Shallows car park (BS31 3EY) and near Saltford Weir on Mead Lane (BS31 3ER).

What to do is somebody is in trouble in the water

  • Think, do not put yourself in danger. Do not enter the water or jump in.
  • Shout for help, ring 999 and request the Fire & Rescue Service.
  • If it’s safe to do so, try to reach the person with a stick/pole scarf or any other object. Crouch or lie down to avoid being pulled into the water.
  • Throw designated rescue equipment or a rope if available to pull the person to the bank. Otherwise throw in something that will float this will help keep the person afloat until assistance arrives.

Remember cold water removes heat from the body 32 times faster than cold air causing cold shock – gasping, cramps, inhalation of water, heart attack, stroke and rapid drowning.

Defibrillators in Saltford

Defibrillator locations in Saltford as follows, please note those ‘on premises’ are accessible only when open, with permission of site owners/managers. 

Davies and Way Estate Agents: Beech Rd side, BS31 3BA, on external wall. What3words/// each.listed.calendars

Saltford Hall: Wedmore Rd, BS31 3BY, on external wall. What3words/// inspector.buns.dollar

Saltford CofE School: Claverton Rd, BS31 3DW, on premises. What3words/// potato.runner.gloves

Saltford Golf Club: Golf Club Lane, BS31 3AA, on premises. What3words/// grazed.roost.meaning

Saltford Rowing Club: Bath Rd, BS31 3JS, on premises. What3words/// quilting.attic.northward (not exact)

Defibrillator Heart Restarter: Anyone can use a defibrillator. No training is necessary. For an unconscious person NOT breathing normally call 999, start CPR, switch on defibrillator, follow its instructions. See this website for a video on how to use a defibrillator

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