Safety – Angler’s Responsibilities
Anglers should carry out their own risk assessment at each visit and take appropriate action to ensure their own safety and that of others. The following information outlines the general precautions that you should consider when visiting Picks Cottage Fishery Ltd:
- Be aware of the possible dangers around you like steep banks, unstable edges, slippery surfaces, tree roots and so on.
- Report any maintenance issues or hazards that you may encounter.
- Wear good non-slip footwear at all times.
- Carry a torch / head torch for night fishing.
- Carry a mobile phone for emergency purposes.
- Fish with a companion when possible; leave details of your planned itinerary and time of return with someone.
- Make yourself familiar with life-saving equipment before fishing.
- It is recommended that a basic first aid kit is carried or kept in your car.
- Take your litter home.
- Take care with smoking materials; extinguish all cigarettes carefully and take all butts & used materials home.
- The lighting of open fires is not permitted.
- Wear appropriate clothing for the weather; check weather forecasts.
- Fishing under trees can be unsafe in windy conditions. Be aware of falling branches and report any damaged trees.
- Keep children under close supervision at all times.
Hygiene & Weil's Disease
Weil’s disease (Leptospirosis) is a bacterial infection carried by rat’s urine which contaminates water and the banks of rivers and ponds. There are a number of simple precautions you can take against Weil’s disease and other bacterial infections:
- Cover any cuts, sores, or scratches with waterproof plasters or gloves.
- Clean and disinfect any wounds that occur at the waterside. Wash your hands.
- Do not put your hands in your mouth after immersing in water and never place bait or fishing line in your mouth.
- Do not touch dead animals, especially rats.
- If you develop flu like symptoms that persist tell your doctor that you may have been exposed to leptospirosis so that he/she can consider it in the diagnosis.