Winter weather is beginning to take its grip on the UK and the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is urging people to stay safe during cold and very wet weather.
The drowning prevention charity is reminding people to listen to advice when it comes to entering floodwater and venturing onto frozen water as the colder, wetter months set in as these conditions can pose a real threat to life.
RLSS UK's Chief Executive, Di Standley said: "Winter weather often brings floods and, during the colder months, lakes, ponds and canals can freeze over. These conditions can be very dangerous and create a significant risk of drowning if safety advice is not taken.
"During flooding care should be taken, whether there are swollen rivers or general floodwater on roads and pathways. It is often tempting to take a look at rivers at their peak but this can be dangerous, and drivers may take risks driving through floodwater, unaware of levels of depth. It is vital not to underestimate the power of floodwater.
"When temperatures drop young people can be tempted to play on frozen water, risking their own lives and other people who may have to try and rescue them. There is the obvious danger of falling through the ice and becoming trapped but also the body going into cold shock and preventing that person from getting out of the water.
"We would ask people to know what to do in an emergency but, vitally, follow our simple, common sense steps this winter to help ensure they, and their families, stay safe and enjoy the season," she added.
The risk of flooding from rivers or the sea tragically results in a number of drowning's each year as a result of this weather. But, lives lost in times of flood are preventable by people listening to lifesaving messages on flood hazards and what to do before, during and after floods.
Areas with frozen lakes, ponds, canals and reservoirs can be beautiful places to visit during the winter months but all too often many people risk their lives by venturing onto frozen water.
Further information on winter water safety and rescue, or on the many life saving courses on offer by the RLSS UK.
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