Quarries - stay out, stay safe
People, especially teenagers, are being urged to stay away from disused quarries and not to be tempted to 'cool off' in quarry lakes during the summer months. The water may look safe, but it can be extremely dangerous.
Risks around quarry water
Parents are encouraged to ensure their children are behaving responsibly and aren't putting themselves at risk in quarries. Understandably, natural curiosity will draw some to these places, as they appear to be exciting and somewhere to explore.
However, despite their appearance as potential playgrounds, they can have hidden hazards.
The dangers of quarry water include:
- very cold temperatures: The water can be colder than rivers and the sea, even in summer months, causing even the best swimmers to cramp, go into shock and drown quickly
- the quarry bed can be very uneven, so it is difficult to estimate depth and it can be deeper than people expect
- there may be hidden debris and old machinery under the water which can cause serious injury to anyone who jumps in
- quarry water can be polluted with industrial contaminants which can cause skin irritations and other health complaints
Other quarry dangers include:
- collapse, subsidence or landslide of the quarry face can occur as mountain bikers and motorcyclists ride around tracks and paths
The remoteness of some of these places can also hamper and delay rescue attempts, should such a need arise.
Tips on staying safe
There are some simple tips on how to stay safe:
- don’t climb on barriers and fences - they are there to prevent people from getting into quarries and protect them from serious injury and accidents
- obey ‘danger’ signs and warning – quarries are dangerous places, so stay well away
You can find out more about the dangers in quarries at the page below:
Adults, teenagers and children, even strong swimmers, are also urged to stay away. Quarries are no go areas.