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Stay safe as temperatures drop - Don't take risks on thin ice

13/12/12

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to warn people of the dangers of frozen lakes, reservoirs, ponds and waterways as temperatures drop to below freezing in the UK.

Whilst a frozen lake, pond or reservoir may look enticing, the ice is a very dangerous place to be.    Temperatures in the UK don't drop anywhere near to the levels of sustained freezing needed to support ice sports like it does in places like Canada, Norway or Russia.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people of the following safety advice to ensure you and your family stay safe:

• Never venture onto frozen ponds and lakes, no matter how safe it looks
• Never leave children unsupervised near frozen water
• Dog owners must be careful around frozen water.  Don't throw sticks or balls onto ice. Should a dog go onto the ice and get into difficulty, don't attempt to carry out a rescue yourself.  Call 999.

If disaster does strike and someone falls through ice:

• Shout for assistance and send for the emergency services - call 999
• Stay off the ice - Don't be tempted to go onto the ice yourself
• Shout to the casualty to keep still
• Try and reach them from the bank using a rope, pole, a tree branch, clothing tied together or anything else that extends your reach - REMEMBER Don't go onto the ice yourself - if someone has fallen through the ice you will too.
• When reaching from the bank, lie down to avoid being pulled onto the ice
• If you cannot reach them, slide something that floats like a rescue buoy across the ice for them to hold on to, to stay afloat
• If the casualty is out of reach, wait for the emergency services while calming and reassuring them.

For more information about keeping safe, including how to prepare and deal with severe cold weather at home, visit www.derbys-fire.gov.uk

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