WITH Scotland already experiencing harsh winter conditions, Scottish Water is reminding everyone to play safe over the holidays.
Peter Farrer, Scottish Water's customer service delivery director, is advising the public to be careful around freezing watercourses.
"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's also vital that they stay safe," he said.
"We are reminding parents to keep their children safe and asking adults to act responsibly around watercourses."
Each year, there are more accidental drownings in inland waters than in any other type of water.
One of the biggest concerns with dog owners is when their pet dives in,
chasing a ball or stick.
Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: "We strongly advise all dog owners to keep their dogs on leads when walking near frozen water this winter."
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