The CEO of Irish Water Safety, John Leech is advising parents to supervise their children over the next few days until the current spell of hard weather moves away. His best advice is to stay off the ice.Children will be tempted to play on the ice where it has frozen over on many canals, ponds, lakes and flooded areas. Playing on the frozen edges of a pond, lake or canal is perilous as ice can be quite thick in one area yet it can be much thinner within the same area.Previous hard spells of weather have ended in tragedy where young children have fallen through the ice and drowned. The CEO is advising parents of young children to be aware of their whereabouts over the next few days to ensure they do not fall through the ice.Ice-related drowning can occur when the rescuer gets into difficulty attempting to rescue another person or a family pet. Whereas a pet will often manage to scramble to safety unaided, regrettably, the owner may not.
Many factors affect ice thickness including: type of water, location, the time of year and other environmental factors such as:
The colour of ice may be an indication of its strength.
Never go out on ice alone and especially at night.
Media Enquiries:Irish Water Safety, The Long Walk, Galway T: 091-564400; Mobile: John Leech: 0876789600;Roger Sweeney 087- 6789601
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