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Keep safe this winter

Regional Community Manager for East Lothian, Bill Elliot.

Regional Community Manager for East Lothian, Bill Elliot.

Scottish Water is reminding customers of the importance of playing safe this winter.

In recent years we have witnessed some of the coldest winters for generations, so there’s no telling what the coming weeks may bring.

Scottish Water is advising customers that they should remain vigilant and should not take any risks around freezing cold watercourses.

Scottish Water don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun, but are reminding parents to keep their children safe, and asking adults to act responsibly around watercourses. Don’t wander too near the edge because you could slip and fall in. Dogs also need to be kept on a lead if they are being walked near reservoirs and other bodies of open water.

While it’s important that youngsters enjoy their school holidays and that people across Scotland take pleasure in the country’s beautiful lochs, rivers and reservoirs, it is also vital that they stay safe.

That’s a message which the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is keen to reiterate.

Carlene McAvoy, RoSPA Scotland’s community safety development officer said: “Winter is a beautiful time to get out and about but it’s sadly also when we hear about people dying whilst out playing or walking on frozen water.

“Latest figures show 22 people died accidentally or from natural causes around water in Scotland last winter, but there are easy ways to prevent tragedies, and equipping yourself with the knowledge of what to do in an emergency can save a life.”

For more information they can contact our Customer Helpline on 0845 601 8855 or visit www.scottishwater.co.uk/takecare.

Visit www.scottishwater.co.uk/winter where you can find winter information, films and advice. Follow us on Twitter @scottish_water and Facebook www.facebook.com/scottishwater.

Photo by Peter Devlin.

 

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