Keeping safe near water isn’t just for summer. Drowning in the UK is one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in the UK and many people who drown were just taking part in everyday activities such as hiking or angling and had no intention on entering the water.
It’s easier to slip or fall in icy weather so it’s especially important to that you let somebody know where you are and when you’ll be back.
It may seem obvious but however tempting it looks, venturing onto frozen water is dangerous and potentially fatal.
Ice that looks solid from the bank becomes thinner very quickly and can easily break. Parents, guardians and teachers are urged to remind children and young people never to venture onto frozen water.
If your dog or another animal falls through the ice never go into the water to rescue it. Most ice related drownings involve an attempted rescue of a dog! Never throw sticks or balls onto the ice for your dog.
If you do see a person or animal in trouble in icy water, stay on the bank and phone 999.
The emergency services will need to know where you are. Accurate information can save precious minutes. Never enter the water to try and save someone. This usually ends up adding to the problem. Always stay on the bank.
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