Scottish Fire and Rescue Service urge the public not to enter floodwater or play in flooded areas

Most areas across Scotland have experienced heavy rainfall during the weekend, and with more rain predicted from the Met Office in the coming week, we are urging people to be mindful of the conditions.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) strongly advise against entering into flooded areas or playing in floodwater. 

Floodwater can be dangerous. We want to ensure your safety and the safety of your loved ones.

Floodwater poses significant risks:

  1. Swift Currents: Floodwaters can have powerful and swift currents that are deceptively strong. Even a few inches of moving water can knock you off your feet, making it impossible to regain your balance.
  2. Hidden Hazards: Floodwaters can hide numerous dangers beneath the surface, including sharp debris, branches, rocks, and even submerged vehicles. These hazards can cause serious injuries or worse.
  3. Water Quality: Floodwaters are often contaminated with sewage, chemicals, and other pollutants, which can lead to severe health issues if you come into contact with them. Ingesting or exposing open wounds to this water can lead to infections and illnesses.
  4. Unpredictability: Flood conditions can change rapidly, leading to unexpected rises in water levels and intensifying currents. What may seem like a shallow puddle can transform into a dangerous situation within minutes.
  5. Cold Water Shock: Water can become very cold. Always be aware of the danger of Cold Water Shock which can affect your stamina.

For your safety and the safety of others, we ask that you remain alert to the conditions. Do not enter into floodwater. We also ask that parents, guardians and carers talk to children and young people about the dangers of playing in floodwater and the importance of staying away from flooded areas.