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British Waterways Calls for Extra Vigilance On Frozen Canals (14/12/10)
During the current cold weather, British Waterways Scotland reminds everyone to take care in and around the Scottish canals, particularly on icy or frosty days.
Above all, British Waterways Scotland stresses that no one should walk on frozen waters under any circumstances no matter how tempting this may be.
This message is particularly vital when the ice begins to thaw over the next few days.
The stunning canals are visited all year round by walkers, joggers, boaters and cyclists and can look particularly attractive during the snowy weather but British Waterways Scotland’s message for visitors is to stay SAFE (Stay Away From the Edge).
Indeed, towpaths, bridges and lock-sides can be particularly slippery during the winter months and snow can conceal trip hazards such as boat mooring rings close to the water’s edge.
Visitors should also ensure that children walking or cycling near the waterway are aware of the dangers of getting too close to the edge.
Russell Thomson, Waterway Manager, Highlands, British Waterways Scotland, adds: “Winter is a lovely time to visit the Scottish canals. The reflection of frost, ice and snow on the canal makes it a particularly attractive time to walk along the canalside, take photographs, draw or paint. It is vital, though, that people recognise that they need to take extra care.
“Children in particular should always be accompanied by an adult when they visit the canal and should be made aware of the potential hazards and the need to stay SAFE and Stay Away From the Edge at all times.”
For more information about planning a safe visit to the waterways, visit Wild Over Waterways (www.wow4water.net).
For more information on Scotland’s canals, visit www.scottishcanals.co.uk