Scottish Water is reminding customers of the importance of playing safe this winter as temperatures begin to plummet.
In recent years there has been some of the coldest winters for generations.
And Scottish Water is advising customers that they should remain vigilant and should not take any risks around freezing cold 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 is also vital that they stay safe.
And that is also the message which the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is keen to reiterate.
Carlene McAvoy from RoSPA Scotland said: “Winter is a beautiful time to get out and about but it’s sadly also when we hear about people dying whilst out playing or walking on frozen water.
“Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about risks involved with playing on frozen water and how they can help if their friends get into trouble.”