Stay safe around water

Stay safe around water

We want to ensure visitors to Lee Valley stay safe during their visit so read our top tips on how to stay safe around frozen water.

In the lead up to cold and icy weather it’s important to take extra care of yourself and others around frozen water. Visitors to the Lee Valley are being advised not to be tempted to play, jump or swim in frozen rivers and lakes around the park under any circumstances. Rangers from Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and community safety service Parkguard will be undertaking extra patrols around the water areas when there’s ice and will speak to people to give advice. 

Top tips for parents:

  • Please make sure you know where your children are while out in the park.
  • Discuss the dangers of playing on or near frozen water so children are aware.
  • Never leave children unsupervised near frozen ponds, rivers, lakes or other bodies of water.
  • Ice skating is dangerous and not permitted on any of our water bodies.
  • If the ice gives way through skating or setting foot on the ice, it can cause drowning, asphyxia and hypothermia.
  • Don't attempt to rescue wildlife stranded on the ice.
  • Call 999 urgently for help.

Top tips for dog walkers:

  • Keep your dog on a lead at all times near frozen water.
  • Avoid throwing balls and sticks for your dog near frozen water
  • If your dog goes onto the ice, don't follow it or attempt to fetch it back.  
  • Make no attempt to try to rescue a dog if it gets into trouble, you'll put your own life in danger.
  • Call 999 for help.

General tips for keeping safe around water in Lee Valley Regional Park:

  • Do read and take notice of warning signs. The information is there for your own personal safety.
  • Think about the hazards near to and at the waters edge, banks can be slippery when wet. If you fall in, it may be difficult to get out again.
  • Don’t go in to the water under any circumstances.
  • Don't go into the water to rescue wildlife or pets, as they are normally able to get themselves out.
  • Don’t take unnecessary risks in or around water bodies.
  • Supervise young children and help keep them safe by warning them against going in to water or playing near the water’s edge and know their whereabouts at all times.
  • Think twice about consuming alcohol in or around water bodies as it may seriously impair your ability and judgment.
  • Please keep your dogs on a lead when near water for their safety.

Examples of safety signs:

If you see someone get into trouble:

  • Call the emergency services 999.
  • Don't attempt to go out on the ice yourself.
  • Tell the person to stay still to maintain heat and energy.
  • Try finding something which will extend your reach, such as a rope, pole or branch.
  • Throw the object out and, once ensuring you are stable on the bank either by lying down or having someone hold on to you, pull them in.
  • If you can't find something to reach with, try finding an object that will float and throw that out to them.
  • Ensure that you keep off the ice at all times during the rescue; continue to reassure the casualty and keep them talking until help arrives.
  • Once the person has been rescued, keep them warm, and take them to hospital even if they appear to be unaffected.





To report any of the following:

  • unruly or dangerous behavior in and around frozen water
  • accidents, incidents or near misses
  • wildlife trapped on/in the ice                                            

Please call 01992 702 200 between 9:00 – 17:00
or 01992 639 561 between 17:00  – 9:00

In an emergency call 999
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