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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Ice Warning as Temperatures Drop

30/11/2010

snow in fields

As temperatures continue to dip, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning people of the dangers of frozen lakes and ponds. The call comes following a number of incidents in which dogs have strayed onto frozen lakes.

"At the moment the water in lakes and ponds is of a dangerously low temperature and if people or pets fall through the ice they will quickly get into difficulty because the cold water is a real shock to the system."

Ian Sloss, Head of Risk Reduction for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters have today rescued a dog from an iced over lake on Bognop Road in Essington. The dog had fallen through the ice and had to be rescued by firefighters using an inflatable walkway. Firefighters from Uttoxeter rescued a Labrador on Sunday at JCB World, Waterloo Park on Beamhurst Road and then a Bernese Mountain dog on Saturday from a lake in Bathpool Park in Kidsgrove.

Ian Sloss, Head of Risk Reduction for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "We’ve already seen a number of incidents involving pets on the ice and as the weekend approaches the worry is that children will see frozen lakes as playgrounds.

"At the moment the water in lakes and ponds is of a dangerously low temperature and if people or pets fall through the ice they will quickly get into difficulty because the cold water is a real shock to the system.

"Our Firefighters have equipment to deal with this type of incident and Newcastle and Tamworth both have water rescue units, which include inflatable walkways for use on ice; however this shouldn’t detract from the point that people shouldn’t risk their lives by playing on the ice.

"Also if you see someone, or a pet, fall through the ice and get into difficulty, do not risk yourself by trying to rescue them, instead ring 999 and ask for the fire and rescue service immediately."