Ice safety

26 Jan 2017

During this cold and frosty weather, some parts of the lakes at Fairlands Valley Park are frozen over. While it may be tempting to walk or play on the frozen water, please stay off the ice, and keep children and dogs away from it. It is highly risky because the ice can easily break.

Ice might appear thick and strong at the edges of the lakes, but it becomes thinner very quickly and can be extremely dangerous. Water beneath the ice will be cold enough to take your breath away, which in turn can lead to panic and drowning. The extreme cold can also lead to hypothermia which can cause heart failure.

Please stay safe around our ponds and lakes this winter, and:

  • Do not be tempted to go on to the ice no matter how thick it looks
  • Keep dogs on a lead when near frozen water
  • Do not throw sticks, balls or any other items onto the ice – they may become an attraction for dogs or children
  • If you do see a person or animal in trouble in icy water, stay on the bank and phone 999.

Stay off the ice and stay safe.