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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Ice Warning as Temperatures Drop

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Ice is no playground

As temperatures continue to dip, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning people of the dangers of playing on frozen lakes and ponds. The call comes as the children begin their Christmas break.

"Frozen lakes and ponds are not playgrounds and we’d urge parents to explain this to their children."

Ian Sloss, Head of Risk Reduction

Ian Sloss, Head of Risk Reduction for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Frozen lakes and ponds are not playgrounds and we’d urge parents to explain this to their children. At the moment the water in lakes and ponds is of a dangerously low temperature and if people 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 never try and rescue them yourself instead ring 999 and ask for the Fire Service immediately.”