With snow and ice forecast across the UK throughout the week, The Royal Life Saving Society UK, warns motorists to be vigilant on the roads in the bad weather and for parents to teach their children not to walk on frozen lakes, ponds and rivers under any circumstances.

Children and pets are particularly at risk when tempted to play on ice formed on open water during the cold weather and adults can find themselves at risk in attempting to save them. We advise keeping pets on a lead when near frozen water and advise owners not to throw objects onto ice for them to retrieve.

With the onset of this spell of cold weather The Royal Life Saving Society UK is issuing advice and guidance on staying safe when out near water in cold weather. Transport disruption is predicted across many parts of the UK and the RLSS UK is warning drivers to take extreme caution in areas affected by bad weather and snow.

Di Standley, Chief Executive of RLSS UK said, “We are expecting a period of cold weather and snow and with this on the horizon we urge the public to be vigilant when travelling near water in bad weather. Everyone needs to be proactive and to learn about water safety to protect themselves and their loved ones.”

If you absolutely have to travel in bad weather the RLSS UK’s quick tips to remember include, check the weather before travelling, only travel in snow and bad weather if absolutely necessary and be sure to have a bad weather emergency kit in your car to include the following items:

  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Warm clothes and a blanket
  • A pair of boots
  • First-aid kit
  • Battery jump leads
  • A shovel for snow
  • Food and a warm drink in a flask
  • Sunglasses in the glove box to help you see in low sun
  • Make sure your mobile phone is charged fully