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 want to make sure you stay safe
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
Logs, rock and surface debris
Walking on ice might be:
However frozen water can easily break
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 water can:
All the factors above may lead to drowning making it
dangerous for the emergency services to safely pull you out
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
Over 50% of ice related drowning's involve an attempted rescue of a dog
Keep your dog on a lead near frozen water
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
If you do see a person in trouble in icy water:
Our message is simple – Stay safe, stay off the ice!