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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

SCOTTISH FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE SAFETY ADVICE AROUND FROZEN WATER


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to stay safe around water as temperatures look set to remain below freezing.


Frozen water should always be avoided – whilst the ice may look solid, it can suddenly crack causing a person to fall through and potentially becoming trapped under the ice.


The consequences can be fatal with the low temperature of the water bringing on cold-water shock which can lead to a heart attack, as we saw earlier this week with the tragic loss of four young lives in England.


Parents, carers, and guardians are asked to ensure children are made aware of the dangers of playing on ice and dog owners have been advised to keep pets on a lead.


If someone does get into difficulty on the ice:


• Call 999

• Ask for the Fire and Rescue Service

• Wait for help to arrive

• Do not attempt to rescue them as you could be putting yourself in danger.


For more information on Cold Water Shock please visit:


https://watersafetyscotland.org.uk/info.../cold-water-shock/

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