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Frozen water dangers

While frozen ponds, lakes and waterways look pretty and appear solid, there is no way of knowing how thick the ice is at any point, so you should never venture out on the surface.

Especially in the winter, the water temperature can be cold enough to take your breath away, which can easily lead to panic and drowning. The coldness can make your arms and legs numb, which means you can’t control them and can’t swim. It can also lead to hypothermia – serious reduction in your body temperature – which can cause heart failure. This happens to even the strongest swimmers!

Dog owners should be particularly careful around frozen water – keep your pet on a lead, and don’t throw sticks or balls onto the ice. Should a dog go onto the ice and get into difficulty, you should never attempt to carry out a rescue, call 999 for help – over 50% of ice related drownings involve the attempted rescue of a dog!

If you see someone fall through the ice:

After the casualty has been rescued from the ice:

If you fall through the ice:

Further advice can be found on the ROSPA website.

Staywise and The Royal Life Saving Society also have some useful educational material for young children.  Here are some useful links:

Colouring activities sheet

Staywise fact sheet

Winter Water Safety (Sway Package)

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