Fire chief warns: Never step on to ice

As temperatures plummet again this week, fire chiefs have urged people to take extra care and stay safe.

West Yorkshire assistant chief fire officer Craig McIntosh warned to never be tempted to step on to frozen water to play, feed birds or rescue stranded pets.

He also urged people to be aware of the potential fire hazards from electric blankets and old heaters used during the cold snap.

He said: “Winter has well and truly arrived this week, so we want to make sure people look after themselves and look out for friends, relatives and neighbours.

“Please keep dogs on leads when walking near frozen waterways and, no matter how tempting it may seem, never venture on to the ice.

“You will be putting your own life at risk and the lives of the firefighters who are called to rescue you.” The fire service advises people always use a fireguard to protect open fires, make sure heaters are properly maintined and away from any materials, along with candles. Never leave children alone with candles and unplug electric blankets before going to bed – unless they have a thermostat control. It also advises people to slow down on the roads, only make necessary journeys and keep an emergency kit and warm clothing in cars.

For further advice visit www.westyorksfire.gov.uk