Public Warned to Please Keep Off the Ice

Children Seen Playing on Ice

Angus Council is asking people to stay safe and keep off the ice over concerns around the danger of falling through it. Parents and carers are also encouraged to discuss the dangers with their children when playing out doors as sadly the risks far outweigh the fun.

Over twenty people in the UK have drowned in the last 10 years after falling through ice into water and many others have had to be rescued and revived. 

With many lochs and open water areas currently frozen it is almost impossible to safely tell how thick or stable the ice is or whether it can support a person, and in naturally forming ice the danger can change with every step. There is a real risk that someone venturing out onto ice could fall through it at any time with the risk only increasing as the temperatures start to rise later this week.

Reservoirs and lochs, such as Forfar and Monikie present additional risks with inlets and outlets creating an undertow which could pull people under the surface if the ice breaks.

Dogs should also not be allowed out onto the ice and should always be kept on the lead around water, it is unfortunately all to common for people to get into difficulties trying to rescue a pet.

In the event that you witness someone falling through ice you should call the emergency services for immediate assistance. To maintain public safety Angus Council and ANGUSalive are working with Police Scotland to encourage people to report any concerns that they have where people are putting themselves at unnecessary risk. However, we can all understand that they and the NHS are exceptionally busy right now.

Safety charity RoSPA is a good source of further information about safety around frozen waterways Ice safety - RoSPA