Warning over frozen water

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DOG owners are urged to take special care around frozen water, by fire and rescue workers.

Frozen ponds, lakes and rivers are particularly dangerous to dogs and owners, warns Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, and a situation can quickly get out of hand.

Daryl Oprey, Head of Safety said: “I cannot urge people enough to keep dogs on leads when walking in areas where there are ponds or lakes. No matter how thick the ice may appear to be, this is usually not the case as it is only the top surface of the water that has frozen. When temperatures gradually rise, frozen areas begin to thaw and creates weak spots in the ice and this is when accidents happen. If your dog gets into difficulty, never go after it, call 999 and ask for the Fire Service.”