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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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Welcome to greater manchester fire and rescue service

Welcome to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service


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


Welcome to greater manchester fire and rescue service

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?

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

Walking on ice might be:

  • Tempting

  • Appear fun

  • Daring

    However frozen water can easily break


Ice dangers the cold

Ice dangers – the cold

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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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 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 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

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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