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Winter Water Safety

Tuesday 13th Dec 2022

Royal Life Saving Society UK offer safety advice for winter water safety, with simple steps to keep safe during the winter: 

Never go onto the ice to play, to retrieve an object, or a pet
Never enter the ice to rescue somebody, call 999 and ask for the Fire and Rescue Service

What to do if you fall through the ice: 
Keep calm and shout for ‘help’
Spread your arms across the surface of the ice in front of you
If the ice is strong enough, kick your legs to slide onto the ice
Lie flat and pull yourself towards the bank
If the ice breaks, work your way to the bank-breaking the ice in front of you anyway
If you cannot climb out, wait for help and keep as still as possible. Press your arms by your side and keep your legs together. Keep your head clear of the water
Once you are safe, go to hospital immediately for a check up
What to do if you see someone fall through the ice:

Shout for assistance and phone the emergency services – call 999 or 112
Do not walk or climb onto the ice to attempt a rescue
Shout to the casualty to ‘keep still’ and offer reassurance to keep them calm
Try and reach them from the bank using a rope, pole, tree branch, clothing tied together or anything else which can extend your reach
When reaching from the bank, lie down to avoid being pulled onto the ice
If you cannot reach them, slide something which floats, such as a plastic bottle or football, across the ice for them to hold onto to stay afloat whilst help is on the way
If the casualty is too far away, do not attempt to rescue them. Wait for the emergency services while calming and reassuring the casualty
Further information can be found at the following links

 

Royal Life Saving Society: https://www.rlss.org.uk/News/royal-life-saving-society-uk-issues-winter-water-safety-advice
GMFRS: https://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/your-safety/water-safety/frozen-water-safety/
Canal and Rivers Trust: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/winter-water-safety