In cooperation with the Rescue Board, we invite people to pay attention to the safety of water bodies large and small near their homes.

The severity of the problem is backed up by sombre statistical data: last year, the number of those who perished in water accidents in Estonia was the highest in recent memory – 60 people drowned. Nineteen people drowned because of falling and slipping, twelve of them in public places and seven in the vicinity of their homes. The main risk groups are elderly people and little children left unattended by a body of water near home.

Main problematic areas

  • Slippery and steep banks
  • Footpaths close to water that have fallen into disarray
  • Broken footbridges
  • Missing guard rails
  • Broken wells and well covers
  • Dangerous irrigation water sources

What can be done during the collective action event?

1. Map possible dangers related to the water body in your neighbourhood.
2. Plan the works necessary for minimising or eliminating those dangers.
3. Find the necessary tools and building materials.
4. Invite the participants to come and help.

Works that help improve the situation

The list of necessary works depends on the water body. Following works can help improve safety:
  • Cleaning the banks of trash (old leaves, branches, etc.)
  • Filling out the banks with gravel or sand
  • Flattening the banks by digging
  • Surrounding the water body with a fence
  • Fixing and building footbridges (including the necessary handrails)
  • Installing water pumps for obtaining irrigation water
  • Putting up warning signs