Fire service warns dog owners of frozen water hazards
E YORKS: Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is urging dog owners to take extra care around frozen water during the cold spell.
With many ponds, lakes and rivers in the region freezing over, it can be a dangerous time for dogs and their owners.
In December, fire crews was called to several emergencies where dogs had slipped through ice.
Daryl Oprey, head of safety, said: "I cannot urge you enough to keep your dog on a lead when walking them in areas where there are ponds or lakes.
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"No matter how thick the ice may appear to be, this is usually not the case as it is only the very top surface of the water that has frozen.
"When the temperature gradually rises, frozen areas begin to thaw, which creates weak spots."
Mr Oprey is urging dog owners not to try to rescue their pets.
He said: "We have attended incidents in the past where dog owners have tried to rescue their pets but put their own lives at risk. If your dog gets into difficulty on frozen water, call 999."