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All users should look after the canals and inland waterways
We all have a duty to protect the canals and inland waterways environment.
All noise should be kept to a minimum and not damage the vegetation or banks. It is good to take home everything that you brought with you, and leave the canal and waterway site as you found it. You should never dump rubbish, sewage or oily bilge water into the water or onto the bank. Dog owners should clean up after their dogs and keep them well under control. Fires should be avoided at all cost.
Please report canal and waterway pollution, fly tipping or fish in distress to the Environment Agency or the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency 0800 807060 (24 hrs) (Mobile phone companies may charge at normal rate)
Sometimes things can go wrong on inland waterways. If you see something dangerous such as serious damage to structures or water escaping, freephone 0800 47 999 47 (mobile phone companies may charge at normal rate)
It is your responsibility to make sure you have the right licence or permit to boat, fish or cycle. For more details email the British Waterways Customer Service Centre or call 01923 201120
If you intend to organise a special event or educational visit to the waterways please seek permission from the Local Waterway Office
Take care around canals and inland waterways.
Not all towpaths or banks give smooth, easy walking or cycling.
Beware - if the water appears to be frozen, never trust the ice will take your weight.
Always watch out for concealed mooring pins or ropes across the towpath beside moored boats.
The risks are realy small, but tell your doctor if you become ill within two weeks of getting canal, river or reservoir water into your mouth or an open wound – better safe than sorry!
Be prepared for changes in weather and local water conditions – carry weatherproof clothing with you even on a fine day.
Always keep young children under supervision near water – a small child can drown in 5cm of water!
Swimming in canals and inland waterways is prohibited - it's dangerous and can be fatal - watch out for warning signs and heed them.
Children should not be allowed to be alone near canals or inland waterways – make sure they always go with a friend who can help you if they get into trouble.
Children - Always make sure an adult knows where you are going and when you will be back if you are going near a canal and waterway!
We can all learn what to do in an emergency
Always keep calm in an emergency - think before you act. Don't put yourself in any danger – you wont be able to help if you yourself become a casualty!
Initially phone (999) or send for help - if a person or pet falls in, don't jump in to a canal or inland waterway. Instead you should reach for them with a stick or throw a rope to them. If this is not possible and you can wade into the water - always test the depth with a stick first.
The above information is based on the Waterways Code.
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