Lytham’s iconic windmill will be illuminated in blue today (Tuesday 25th July) to mark World Drowning Prevention Day. Sadly, drowning ranks among the top ten causes of death for children and youth aged 1-24 years.
Drowning, a silent and preventable killer, continues to claim the lives of an estimated 236,000 people annually across the globe – with the highest drowning rates occurring among children aged 1–4, then 5–9.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has shared important ways to reduce drowning which include:
- installing barriers which control access to water
- teaching swimming, water safety and safe rescue skills
- training in safe rescue and resuscitation
On this global awareness day, Fylde Council wish to stress the message, ‘Always respect the water and be safe!’ To join in raising awareness of water safety the windmill will be lit blue.