London Fire Brigade is warning people not to walk or play on frozen ponds or lakes, and has revealed that firefighters have already had to rescue 11 people who have fallen through or become trapped on ice, during the recent cold weather.
The Brigade’s Assistant Commissioner for Operational and Emergency Planning, Andy Barrett said; “A number of rescues have involved recovering people who have fallen through ice. We also see people attempting to rescue pets that have become stranded or trapped, and then they also need to be rescued by the Brigade. It’s not possible for people to gauge the thickness and to determine the weight that an ice covered surface will support so it’s not safe to step onto the ice, particularly if the temperature is rising slightly.”
Due to the unpredictable and extremely hazardous conditions that exist on frozen water surfaces the London Fire Brigade is urging members of the public to ensure:
That they are aware of the location of any ponds/lakes in the area and avoid walking on the frozen surface
Children are closely supervised at all times
Pets are kept under control and are not allowed to stray onto an ice covered surface