Fire service urges people to stay safe this winter

Frozen lake

As temperatures have plummeted recently, we are urging people to stay safe this winter.

The cold weather during winter can often lead to frozen ponds and waterways including, canals rivers, and lakes.

Rob Barber, Chief Fire Officer at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Although frozen water may look picturesque and safe to walk on, it is not. It is very dangerous and can have fatal consequences.

“Ice can easily break, you do not know how deep the water is below, Freezing water can then cause cold water shock.

“We are urging people not to put their lives at risk by venturing onto frozen water."

We are also advising motorists to think about their safety whilst driving this winter.

Rob continued: “Driving in extreme weather conditions can be very dangerous. Avoid driving if weather conditions are extreme but if you must drive, plan regular breaks and take an emergency snow kit with you, this should include: jump leads, a shovel, ice scraper, first aid kit, warm clothing, torch, food and water, sturdy boots or wellingtons and a mobile phone and charger.

“Clear ice or snow completely from windows, mirrors and lights before you set off and always make sure the windscreen washer fluid is topped up.”

We are also advising residents to help keep others safe and make sure their home is winter ready

Rob added: “Older people are statistically proven to be more at risk of fire during the winter months and are more likely to succumb to ailments as a result of the colder weather.

“Make sure smoke alarms are on every floor of their home and that they are tested every week.

“Plug sockets should not be overloaded and ensure electrical items are still safe to use by checking the Electrical Safety First website.

“And make sure portable heaters are kept away from curtains and furniture and are not used to dry clothes.”

For more advice on how to stay safe outdoors this winter, visit | Safety Outside on Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service website.