ARE YOU WINTER WATER SAFETY AWARE?

Enjoying a walk or run with family, friends and or your beloved dog can be such great fun during Winter time.  Having some knowledge on how to stay safe whilst out and about during winter will enable you to have a great time.

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Lakes, pools, reservoirs and canals can get frozen over during cold weather, which look very picturesque but all too often people venture out onto the frozen lakes and find themselves in difficulty in the water. Sadly in the past there have been numerous incidents where people have entered the water under ice with the best intentions to either attempt the rescue of another person or a dog and they have tragically become a fatality themselves.

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The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) has come up with some useful tips on what actions to take in an emergency situation:

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Only use well lit areas

Time your walks to make the most of the daylight; if you need to walk in the evening only use well-lit areas or take a route not alongside water.

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Keep back from the edge
When walking alongside water keep back from the edge.

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Keep dogs on their leads
Keep dogs on their leads when near ice and don’t throw sticks or toys onto the ice.

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Don’t go on the ice to rescue a dog
Don’t go onto ice or into the water to rescue a dog, move to somewhere that the dog will be able to climb out and call them towards you.

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Know who to call in an emergency

If you hear or see an animal or person who has fallen into through the ice or into the water shout for help and call ‘999’ or ‘112’ ask for the Coastguard at the coast or on the River Thames; and Fire and Rescue Service if inland at a lake, pool, river, reservior, quarry or loch.

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Do not walk or climb onto the ice to attempt a rescue. Try and reach them from the bank using a rope, pole, tree branch, clothing tied together or anything else which can extend your reach.  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.

Thank you for reading!

Other useful links

Know who to call in a coastal emergency

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Acknowledgements

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HM Coastguard


Andy Mills

Thanet RNLI Community Safety Officer Striving to reduce accidental drownings by 50% by 2024 by spreading key safety messages to Thanet communities and its visitors.