Water Safety Signs

National Water Safety Signs

The recently published part II of BS5499. provides a uniform family of water safety signs based on the signs produced by the National Water Safety Committee. These signs should be used at al locations where sport or recreational activities are taking place, to warn the public of possible hazards or dangerous situations and to give specific instructions for their safety.

Water Safety Signs

There are three main types of water safety signs you will find when you are around water. Each one has its own meaning, but all of them work to the same system. If you go to the seaside, then there are sometimes special flags to also look out for.

In addition to the water safety signs, you will also find information signs telling you where the toilets are or where you can get first aid. They will also tell you where the public rescue equipment is held.

Water safety signs

triangle Water Safety Signs1. Hazard signs -Signs that warn you of danger, are always:
  • Triangle shaped
  • Yellow background, with black symbols
  • They are placed to help you spot a hazard that is not always obvious

They mean that you should be aware of something 

                                               2. Prohibition signs - no diving Water Safety SignsSigns that mean you should not do something, are always:
  • A red ring shape, with a line running through
  • White background, red line and black symbols or shapes
  • They inform you of things you are not supposed to do

These signs tell you that it would be dangerous to do something, or go in that place.

lifejacket Water Safety Signs

3. Mandatory signs -Signs that mean you should do something, are always:

  • Blue and circle shaped
  • White symbols or shapes
  • They inform you of things you need to do

These signs tell you that you should do something to be safe.

Other signs you might see:

swimhere sign Water Safety Signs

Information signs, are always:

  • White background
  • Black symbols or text

These signs help you either find something, or get somewhere.

1686t Water Safety SignsSafe condition signs, are always:Green background

  • White symbols or text

These signs tell you where important safety items are such as the first aid place, or the emergency telephone.

red flag Water Safety SignsWater safety flags

At beaches there are flags to tell us when and where it is safe to use the water.

This red flag means it is unsafe to be in the water.

Resources:

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents For more information on general water safety

2 thoughts on “Water Safety Signs

  1. Unfortunately, you failed to answer specifically which signs I need to know about. I would rather you added more water safety signs to your website so that others can find what they need.

Comments are closed.