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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Ice Warning as Temperatures Drop

frozen lake
Snow and ice aren't always as safe as you'd think

As the extreme cold weather continues Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people of the dangers of the icy conditions.

 "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."

The service has attended numerous road traffic collisions caused by the ice and has also seen an increase in incidents involving people and animals walking across frozen lakes and pools.

Ian Sloss, Head of Risk Reduction for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "During these icy conditions it’s really important for drivers to take their time and take extra care. Keep a safe distance away from the car in front of you and if conditions are treacherous it may be worth asking yourself if your journey is vital.

"Unfortunately we have also seen an increase in incidents on frozen lakes and pools, particularly on days when schools have been closed.  Frozen lakes and pools 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."

"We’d also urge people to ensure they keep pet dogs on a lead and under control as we’ve seen a number of incidents involving dogs falling through the ice and in some case they have died as a result.

"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."