The fire service is encouraging people to make sure they know what to do if they or a child falls into water.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Services is asking people who may be unsure of how to deal with themselves or a child in their falling into the water to take a few minutes and go through their water safety activities online.

There are a series of interactive links, videos, quizzes and plenty of information regarding water safety for people to explore.

A spokesperson for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service said: "Do you and the children in your care know what to do if they fall into water unexpectedly?

"Do they know what to do if they are swimming or playing in water and find themselves out of depth or scared?

"Do they know what to do if they see someone else scared in the water?

"If your answer was NO to any of these, why not take some time to go through some of our water safety activities on our website and help them to be water aware."

Information on the website states that if you fall into water, or get scared when swimming you should float.

It says to lie on your back so you can see the sky and put your arms and legs out like a star., float and then when you feel calmer put our arm up and wave it about and shout for help.

To find out more and use the online tools visit