Police have issued a warning to Scots not to venture onto frozen water after being called to reports of young people playing on an icy canal.
East Dunbartonshire police said officers were called to reports of young people playing on ice in Kirkintilloch on Tuesday.
They warned that ice which may appear thick from the bank can become thinner quickly and put people at risk, and shared safety advice from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).
On Monday, the SFRS urged people to stay safe around frozen water as temperatures remain below freezing in Scotland.
The fire service said that while the ice may look solid, it can suddenly crack and cause a person to fall through and potentially become trapped under the ice.
The consequences can be fatal as the low temperature of the water can bring on cold-water shock, which can lead to a heart attack.
It added that if someone does get into difficulty on the ice, the advice is to dial 999, ask for the fire and rescue service and wait for help to arrive.
They urged Scots not to attempt to rescue anyone in difficulty as you could be putting yourself in danger.
It comes after four children lost their lives after falling through an iced-over lake in Solihull at the weekend.
SFRS area commander for prevention and protection, David Dourley, said: “Following the tragic events of the weekend, our thoughts are very much with the families, friends and local communities at this sad time.
“We strongly urge everyone to please be aware of the dangers of frozen water. We know the ice can look inviting but do not be tempted to walk on ice. It can easily crack and cause a person to fall through.
“Don’t wander too near to the edge, icy conditions could cause you to slip and fall in and don’t be tempted to test how solid the water is.
“Adults should set a good example by staying off the ice and we also ask that parents, carers and guardians ensure children are aware of the dangers of frozen water.
“We don’t want your winter walk to end in tragedy so please avoid going near frozen water when you are out with loved ones and pets.”
Advice for anyone who gets into trouble in frozen water is to try to conserve their energy by keeping as still as possible while waiting for help.