South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) is urging residents to stay safe during the hot weather.
With the summer season and school holidays upon us, SCAS is encouraging people to think about safety around water. Hazards exist at home and in public places and families are asked to be extra vigilant with children when near ponds, rainwater butts and paddling pools.
Tony Heselton, paramedic and SCAS safeguarding lead, said: “Over the past couple of months we have seen an increase in the number of calls we attend that involve children and young people in or around water.
“We would like to encourage members of the public to stay safe around water whether that be paddling pools, swimming pools, garden ponds or even open water.
It is vitally important that people heed this advice and only attempt to swim in safe areas where there are the appropriate safety precautions should you get into difficulty.”
SCAS has also urged everyone to stay hydrated during the hot weather.
Staff say you should drink a minimum of two litres a day and try to avoid fizzy, alcoholic and caffeine-based drinks in favour of water and fruit juices.
To find out more about staying safe this summer visit www.999southcentral.co.uk/