Heavy rain and gale force winds are expected as another front arrives in the Cape and spreads up the coast and inland tomorrow, Tuesday, August 14. The NSRI"s WaterWise Academy encourages parents to know where their children are at all times.
With the predicted rain, children should be told not to play near rivers and dams that may already be swollen and puddles of water where the depth cannot be judged. Water levels can rise quickly and without warning.
It is wise not to try to cross rivers that are in flood; rather wait for the water to subside. If there is any doubt about the safety of a situation rather be cautious and turn back.
With the predicted front arriving, the sea will become rougher. Big waves could catch children who are playing on the beach or rocks by surprise.
Children should be taught not to turn their backs to the ocean and never to go to the beach alone. Always look carefully at the beach, and especially the rocks you intend to go to. If the tide is coming in, the waves will come further onto the shore and could cut children off from the mainland or could wash them into the sea.
To find out what your nearest sea rescue emergency number is, go to www.searescue.org.za.