Don’t take a chance on frozen lochs and ponds

PEOPLE have been urged to play it safe near water this winter.

There are many lochs, reservoirs and ponds in the Bearsden and Milngavie area which could freeze over as the temperatures plummet.

People have been told not to take any chances near frozen watercourses.

Mark Maclaren, Scottish Water’s regional community manager, said: “We don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun, but we are reminding parents to keep their children safe, and asking adults to act responsibly around watercourses.

“Don’t wander too near the edge because you could slip and fall in. Dogs also need to be kept on a lead if they are being walked near reservoirs and other bodies of open water.

“While it’s important that youngsters enjoy their school holidays and that people across Scotland take pleasure in the country’s beautiful lochs, rivers and reservoirs, it is also vital that they stay safe.”

That’s a message which the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is keen to reiterate. 

Carlene McAvoy, Scotland’s community safety development officer with the charity, said: “Snow and ice are enchanting to most children, but RoSPA knows only too well that these wintry conditions can also be a real danger.

“RoSPA wants youngsters to get out, have fun and play safely, and the best way for them to do that is if parents talk to their children about the hazards of playing on frozen water and what to do if they or their friends get into trouble.

“Every year, people die from falling through ice into a frozen river or loch - something that is easily preventable.

“Tragedy often strikes when they are trying to rescue someone else or a dog, which was the case in more than half of the 20 ice-related drownings in recent years.

“RoSPA’s advice is to take care around the edges of lochs and rivers because snow can obscure them, and we recommend that dogs are kept on a lead so they do not run out on to the ice. Frozen water may look tempting, but there is no way of knowing whether the ice will hold your weight and it’s often too late by the time you find out that it won’t.”

walks out onto the ice. Each year we hear of incidents where people have tried to rescue their pet from a frozen river or lake, often with tragic consequences. We’re keen to make sure both animals and owners stay safe this winter.”