Make sure you and your family stop, look and be safe outdoors
Wrapping up for walks with family, friends or pets is a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors when the colder climate hits.
Most of us are aware of water safety risks in the summertime, as we enjoy swimming at the beach or the use of paddling pools at home, but have you considered how everyday factors could pose dangers to your family when it is cold weather?
In cold weather, children and pets are particularly at risk when tempted to play on the ice formed on open water, in turn meaning many adults can find themselves at risk in attempting to save them.
Areas with frozen water such as lakes, ponds and canals can look especially beautiful on a cold and crisp wintery day with many people under false pretences of how thick, and strong, the ice is.
Cold-water shock also affects our ability to swim and self-rescue, meaning it is responsible for many drownings each year. Of course, many people do enjoy the benefits of outdoor cold-water swimming but this should only be through organised swimming groups and in safe locations. You should always make sure you can enter and exit the water quickly and easily, wear the appropriate kit to help preserve body heat and never jump or dive into the water.
Drowning Prevention charity, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has these useful tips to help you know what to do in an emergency.
IF YOU SEE SOMEONE FALL THROUGH THE ICE:
AFTER THE CASUALTY HAS BEEN RESCUED FROM THE ICE:
IF YOU FALL THROUGH THE ICE: