: Waiting for next track...

Police warn over frozen ponds and lakes this weekend

warning over frozen ponds and lakes

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 5:39pm 2nd March 2018.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) would like to remind the public to take extra care if they are out and about enjoying the snow this weekend.

The region has felt the full force of the ‘Beast from the East’ and families will no doubt be out taking
advantage of the snowfall with activities such as sledging and making snowmen this weekend – we can’t wait to see pictures of everyone having fun.

Fire Chiefs would like to remind people never to venture onto frozen lakes or ponds as thin ice can be
incredibly dangerous and if anyone were to fall into freezing water it would be in a life-threatening

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Ian Bitcon said: 

"Fortunately the big freeze has not cause too many problems for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and we have maintained business as usual with all of our fire engines still on the run.

“As we approach the weekend we would like to remind the people of West Yorkshire about the perils of
frozen ponds and lakes and the immediate debilitating effect on the body of falling into cold water.

“We urge parents to know where their kids are playing and to keep a keen eye on them, whilst of course enjoying the winter activities we all love such as sledging and making snowmen!”

Remember cold water kills

  •  If you have a dog we strongly advise you keep them on a lead around frozen water – if the dog falls through the ice; do not enter the water to rescue it, call the Fire and Rescue Service for assistance.
  • Be especially careful if you are out walking or running near open water – ice could make pathways slippery and may cause you to fall in

Cold water shock occurs when someone enters cold water. It is a natural human response and causes
people to panic and gasp for air but then take on water instead. The cold starts to attack the body so it
switches into preservation mode and diverts the warm blood to protect the body’s vital organs. By doing this it reduces the oxygenated blood circulation to the muscles and fatigue quickly sets in. Even good swimmers can get affected by the condition and can soon get into difficulty.

If you fall into water you should roll on to your back try to remain calm and briefly allow your body to
acclimatise to the cold. By being on your back it should be easier to keep your mouth above water if you are gasping for air. After the initial shock try to get someone’s attention to get help or look for a place where you can get yourself out. The more moving you do in the cold water the faster you will run out of energy.

If you see someone else fall into cold water don’t become a casualty yourself:

  • TALK – See if you can guide them to a place where they can rescue themselves
  • REACH – Use something to safely reach them to assist them out, such as a long branch, pole or rope
  • THROW – Look for something nearby which can help the casualty to stay afloat such as a life ring or a football
  • CALL – Shout to others for HELP and call 999 and ask for the Fire Service
  • Keep in contact with the casualty and reassure them until the Fire Service arrives

For more information on how to keep yourself and your community safe during severe weather visit
www.westyorksfire.gov.uk or visit our Twitter page @WYFRS or search for us on Facebook.

More news from across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Stray FM

Newer article

WATCH: Saturday Night Takeaway celebrates

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: It's the 100th episode... So we're throwing it back to Stray FM's debut!

Older article

Households urged to help avoid burst pipes

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Yorkshire Water issues advice as the cold weather continues.

Top articles

Police will name and shame drink drivers in North Yorkshire

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Officers are doing it to raise awareness of the consequences of the crime.

Number of people referred to Prevent programme for far-right extremism soars 36%

National: The number of people referred to the government's Prevent anti-extremism programme because of links to right-wing extremism has shown a sharp rise.

Strasbourg market terror attacker Cherif Chekatt wanted dead or alive

World: French authorities say they are prepared to take the Strasbourg terror attacker dead or alive.

NBA round-up: Anthony Davis scores 44 as New Orleans Pelicans beat Oklahoma City Thunder

Sport: Anthony Davis scored a season-high 44 points as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Miley Cyrus appears to confirm Black Mirror role

Showbiz: Miley Cyrus appears to have confirmed rumours that she is guest starring in the next season of Black Mirror.

WATCH: Otley Christmas song released after festive video goes viral

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: It's thought Otley's 2018 Christmas video "Twelve Days of Otley Christmas" reached more than one million people.

Sign language Santa comes to Harrogate for deaf children

Business: Taking place at The Hearing Suite, it may be some local children's first opportunity to communicate with Santa.

Auditions launched for big theatre show in Harrogate

Education: Ahead of next years Harrogate Operatic Players production.

The Fairy Godmother of all Pantomimes

Family: Cinderella comes to Leyburn this December and Stray FM's Pete Egerton has been chatting to two cast members.

It was like a stampede!

70s On This Day: Patti Smith influenced so many with this album

Generate your elf name for Alzheimers Society

Charity Hub: Local Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk home care givers have been elfing around!

Santa has landed in a forest near Bedale

Family: You can head along the forest trail at Thorp Perrow Arboretum to see the big man this December.

Sign language Santa comes to Harrogate for deaf children

Business: Taking place at The Hearing Suite, it may be some local children's first opportunity to communicate with Santa.

Behind The Scenes: Policing rural North Yorkshire

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Stray FM went out on a shift with Craven's Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Shocking stats linking alcohol to cancer

Christmas: Yorkshire's leading cancer charity reveals how even small amounts of alcohol could be severely affecting health.

Sign language Santa comes to Harrogate for deaf children

Business: Taking place at The Hearing Suite, it may be some local children's first opportunity to communicate with Santa.

Welcome to Yorkshire’s 10th Chelsea Garden Revealed

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Welcome to Yorkshire will capture the beauty of the county’s canals at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Top Party Dresses for the Festive Season

Christmas: Local Blogger, the Harrogate Girl, picks the best frocks, gowns and outfits for the big Christmas parties of 2017.

The Yorkshire floods: one year on

Special Reports: People affected by last year's downpours describe what has happened in the last 12 months

When are the Christmas Lights going on across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale?

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Harrogate's lights may be on, but when can we expect to see Christmas in Ripon, Ilkley, Skipton and beyond?

Delve into deliciousness at Mother Shiptons Inn

Test pages: We sent Stray FM's James Stanley to try out the new menu at Mother Shipton's Inn Knaresborough.

A59 re-opened after multi-vehicle incident

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: This will affect you if you're travelling between Harrogate, Knaresborough or the A1 and York.

LIVE: Stage 4 of the Tour de Yorkshire

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The Final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire is on today today, passing through Otley, Blubberhouses, Pateley Bridge and Skipton.

Tour de Yorkshire host venues confirmed

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: There'll be no re-run of this year's memorable Tour de France stage finish in Harrogate.


What's the best Christmas movie?

Trending in Yorkshire

Police will name and shame drink drivers in North Yorkshire

Officers are doing it to raise awareness of the consequences of the crime.

Man attempts to steal car parked in Harrogate police station

He smashed the drivers window to gain access

Turning empty shops into homeless hostels in Harrogate

The former chairman of Greenwoods menswear clothing group wants to transform vacant shops into save havens for rough sleepers

Theresa May wins confidence vote

200 Conservative MPs voted in favour of PM

12 tips to stay out of debt this Christmas

The list is from Citizens Advice in Harrogate and Craven.

More news...