With the hot weather set to continue well into the weekend, warnings have been issued about staying safe around water – particularly around cold water shock. There is often a temptation for people to head for a swim in order to cool down but it’s actually very dangerous and should be avoided. Despite the high temperatures, water can still be cool and therefore, those who decide to go for a dip may get into difficulties with cold water shock. According to the RLNI, cold water shock causes the blood vessels in the skin to close, which increases the resistance of blood flow. It also increases heart rate and as a result the heart has to work harder and your blood pressure goes up. At its worst, cold water shock can cause heart attacks, even in those who are relatively young and healthy. And it also doesn’t matter if you are a strong swimmer. Hundreds of people drown in open water every year, whether that be at the coast or at inland waterways such as canals, rivers and lochs. It’s also not just cold water shock. Unknown risks, such as rocks and broken bottles can also be hidden beneath the water… Read full this story
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