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Welcome to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are warning people of the extreme dangers of being around ice and open water during the winter. We have experienced severe cold conditions over the last few years We want to make sure you stay safe.

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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are warning people of the extreme dangers of being around ice and open water during the winter


We have experienced severe cold conditions over the last few years

We want to make sure you stay safe


What affects the ice
What affects the ice? years

There are several factors that affect the ice which may make it look thicker than it actually is. They are:

Type, size and depth of water

Currents or water flow

Chemicals

Logs, rock and surface debris

  • Air temperature


Ice safety
Ice safety years

Walking on ice might be:

  • Tempting

  • Appear fun

  • Daring

    However frozen water can easily break


Ice dangers the cold
Ice dangers – the cold years

The temperature of frozen water is a hazard to the human body

Venturing onto frozen ponds, reservoirs, lakes and canals can easily have fatal results


Icy dangers the cold
Icy dangers – the cold years

Icy water can:

  • Take your breath away making it hard to breathe

  • Make your arms and legs numb which means you cannot control them or swim properly

  • Lead to hypothermia – a serious reduction in body temperature


Cold water shock
Cold water shock years

  • Leaves you gasping for air

  • Increases your rate of breathing

  • Increases your heart rate and pulse

All the factors above may lead to drowning making it

dangerous for the emergency services to safely pull you out


Danger to emergency services
Danger to emergency services years

If we manage to recover your body from the water, attempts might be made to resuscitate you. However, this is dependant on the length of time you’ve been under water for


Safety advice
Safety advice years

  • Always wear sturdy shoes or boots as paths could be slippery

  • Be aware of any ponds, rivers or lakes that may be frozen

  • NEVER attempt to walk on what you think may be solid frozen water


Did you know
Did years you know?

Over 50% of ice related drowning's involve an attempted rescue of a dog

Keep your dog on a lead near frozen water


Safety advice1
Safety years advice

If a dog or other animal ventures onto the ice, or falls through it, do NOT go to its rescue – you are likely to end up in the freezing water and unable to rescue the animal

NEVER throw sticks or balls onto the ice for your dog


Safety advice2
Safety advice years

If you do see a person in trouble in icy water:

  • Stay on the bank and phone 999

  • If available reach the person with a branch or clothing tied together but STAY ON THE BANK

    Our message is simple – Stay safe, stay off the ice!


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