Tomorrow, rescuers will be on stand-by
On January 19, Christians celebrate the Epiphany - the third and final big holiday of the Christmas and New Year cycle.
It is believed that on Epiphany, from midnight to midnight, the water acquires curative properties and stores them for a year, healing physical and spiritual illness.
Many people on that day come to bodies of water not only to take some healing water but also to swim in the hole in order to gain health for the whole year.
So, to prevent accidents, the State Emergencies Service of Ukraine Office in Transcarpathian region reminds the basic rules of conduct near water bodies and urges to be extremely careful while swimming and to follow basic safety rules.
If you decide to dive into a hole, then swim in specially designated places and in the presence of medical and rescue service. Do not go into the water while intoxicated. Refrain from swimming, if you suffer from lung or cardiovascular system diseases. Remember that for untrained people, stay in the icy water can lead to general hypothermia.
Do not dive or jump in water quickly. It should be done slowly and carefully, without putting head under water. Staying in the water is allowed only for a few seconds. In order not to fall and not get injuries or bruises, you need to wear shoes with non-slippery and embossed soles.
Always be sure to bring warm clothing or a blanket to wipe yourselves dry and change after bathing, and thus to avoid hypothermia.
Let the holiday of Epiphany be happy and safe for everyone.