Dear Parents and Carers,
The City Council have sent the following information out to schools:
Following the tragic incident at Babbs Mill Lake, Solihull, please take a moment to read this important information issued by West Midland Fire Service: Winter Water Safety.
Learning about the risks of ice are so important, especially during winter to try and prevent such tragic incidents. The Royal Life Saving Society UK has also produced some helpful guidance on keeping children and families safe around water when the weather turns chilly and new dangers appear. Ideal for younger children, their FREE downloadable Winter Safety Activity Booklet and Colouring In Sheet encourages children to talk about winter water safety : Royal Life Saving Society UK
Further safety advice from BCC:
Please keep yourselves and your loved ones safe around open water, especially during the forecasted freezing weather over the festive period. Temperatures are expected to remain low over the coming days and we would urge people to be very careful when walking or cycling near waterways.
Do not go onto the ice even if it looks safe as it can weaken very easily. If you see anyone in trouble, please call 999 immediately.
We have warning and advice signs by our lakes and waterways and parks staff regularly check they are in good condition, but please report any concerns.