Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have launched a DVD highlighting the dangers of young people playing on ice in preparation for the winter.
"Whilst ice may look thick, it doesn’t take much weight to crack the ice and before you know if, you’ve fallen through."
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Youth Education Co-ordinator, Steve Wright
The film, entitled ‘Ice Breaker’ has been launched as part of the Winter Safety Campaign and can be viewed on the Service’s website. Schools are being urged to play the short five minute film during assemblies, if freezing temperatures are forecast.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Youth Education Co-ordinator, Steve Wright said: "The DVD was created due to a growing number of incidents across the country which involved people going into frozen water and falling through the ice.
"Though the DVD features young actors it also serves as a safety warning for adults as well. Whilst ice may look thick, it doesn’t take much weight to crack the ice and before you know if, you’ve fallen through.
"Iced over water has dangerously low temperatures which would be a real shock to the system and means that people can very quickly get into difficulty. We hope that by watching this DVD people will think twice about going out onto frozen bodies of water, whether they do it for fun or to retrieve a pet or item the message is clear – it could be the last thing you do."
To watch the short film click here. Schools can also request a visit by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to do a presentation about winter safety, which includes the dangers of playing on ice. To book a visit call 08451 22 11 55 and ask to be put through to your local risk reduction team.
Warning posters with the strapline ‘3,2,1… Gone’ are also being displayed around local pools and lakes in the County.