Running Safety Tips

running safety tips, ipswich, suffolk

Health and wellbeing is of course at the top of many people’s agenda these days, and there is no better way to enhance your fitness and health than a run alongside the river or round the lake. Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service would like to ensure that a run out doesn’t end in tragedy, due to a moment of distraction or lack of preparation.

Runners and walkers are the group at most risk of accidental drowning in the UK - 77 people died in 2016 because they fell in the water whilst out for a run or a walk #BeWaterAware

Please enjoy the summer ahead and any activity in or near the water, but stay safe and never underestimate the risks of UK inland and coastal water.

  • Make sure your run is suitable for your fitness level
  • Consider joining a running group
  • Be aware and take notice of any warning signs of information
  • When running next to water stay clear of the edges - they may be unstable
  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing
  • Take a fully charged mobile phone and check signal strength, know how to use it and who to call in an emergency  
  • Look out for a trip or slip hazards - pay attention to your footing
  • Stick to proper pathways
  • Don’t run next to water if levels are high
  • Make sure you know exactly where you are - consider something like an OS locate app for a smart phone or a map
  • Don’t assume just because you have run a route many times before that it is still safe
  • Avoid running near water in the dark