How to stay safe in winter: the dangers of frozen or icy cold water
It is extremely dangerous to play or walk on open water or canals covered in ice.
It's risky for people of all ages, but especially children. Adults may be tempted to rescue them, or even dogs and other animals which stray on to the ice.
Although frozen lakes, ponds, canals and reservoirs can look picturesque during the winter months, please do not be tempted to venture into the water or on to ice.
If you get into difficulty, or see someone else in trouble, here are some important emergency tips.
For general water safety advice, visit our water safety page.