Safety advice on frozen water
With the Schuylkill River frozen over, enjoy the view from a distance. Do NOT attempt to walk on the river!
- Please make sure you know where your children are while out and about in the cold weather.
- Discuss the dangers of playing on or near frozen water.
- Never leave children unsupervised near frozen ponds, rivers, lakes, canals or other bodies of water.
- If the ice gives way, it can trap you.
- There is a risk of drowning, asphyxia and hypothermia.
- Keep your dog on a lead at all times near frozen water.
- If your dog gets into trouble, do not follow it onto the ice.
- Make no attempt to try to rescue it, you will put your life in danger.
- Call for help (see ‘If you see someone get into trouble’).
If you see someone get into trouble
- Call 911.
- Do not attempt to go out on the ice yourself.
- Tell the person to stay still to maintain heat and energy.
- Throw the object out and, once ensuring you are stable on the bank either by lying down or having someone hold on to you, pull them in.
- Try finding something which will extend your reach, such as a rope, pole or branch.
- If you cannot find something to reach with, try finding an object that will float and throw that out to them.
- Ensure that you keep off the ice at all times during the rescue, continue to reassure the casualty and keep them talking until help arrives.
- Once the person has been rescued, keep them warm, and take them to hospital even if they appear to be unaffected.