Safety Near Water
Milton Keynes has several balancing lakes, two rivers and the Grand Union Canal passing through it, as well as other water features in parklands and other public spaces. You should always take care when on or near water:
Don't Dice with Ice Campaign:
SaferMk in partnership with The Parks Trust is urging people to keep away from frozen lakes and waterways. Dawn Morland, Community Ranger at The Parks Trust, said: “Our rangers regularly patrol the parks to ensure that visitors and wildlife are safe in these icy conditions – please do not attempt to go onto ice it may be thin and you could go under.”
Advice duirng the icey period:
Keep away from the water’s edge and under no circumstances go on to the ice.
Be extra vigilant with young children close to the water’s edge.
Keep your dog under control near frozen water.
If you see an accident on the ice, call 999 straight away. Do not attempt to go out on to the ice yourself.
Wear warm clothing and sturdy footwear.
for further information follow the link: Don't Dice with Ice News
General water tips:
Do not try to swim in any lake, river, canal or other outdoor water feature. There will almost certainly be hidden hazards such as submerged objects, mud, reeds and other obstructions. It is especially important not to do this during hot weather as the water will always be very cold and the sudden change in temparature could be life threatening!
Never venture onto a frozen lake, river, canal or water feature. Even if the ice appears thick enough to support your weight at the waters edge, it will get thinner futher out. Never venture onto the ice to rescue anyone - stay on the bank and use a life ring, branch, rope, jackets/clothing knotted together, etc. and call the Bucks Fire & Rescue Service on 999 as soon as you can.
Do not enter water to rescue a pet or other animal, especially if it has fallen through ice or into fast flowing water. Call the Bucks Fire & Rescue Service for assistance.
When using a boat or other vessel make sure you have permission to be on the water and that your boat is safe and that you and any passengers are wearing life jackets at all times. Do not use a boat, water board or other vessel without assistance if you are inexperienced.
NEVER TAMPER WITH LIFE RINGS OR OTHER EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT LOCATED NEAR WATER. THEY ARE THERE TO SAVE LIVES, INCLUDING YOURS!