Weather warning for week ahead

PUBLISHED: 17:31 04 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:30 25 May 2010

A WARNING has gone out for people to beware of frozen ponds, lakes and rivers in the extreme conditions hitting the area.

A WARNING has gone out for people to beware of frozen ponds, lakes and rivers in the extreme conditions hitting the area.

Cold temperatures look set to continue for at least another week and Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is telling people of the danger.

A spokesman said: "During this cold spell a frozen water surface may look enticing as a skating opportunity, but can prove deadly.

"Children are often most at risk as they frequently see an attraction to playing on ice, so the dangers of this activity will need to be explained to them.

"Pet owners also need to be aware of the potential hazard especially when throwing sticks or balls.

"A dog can just as easily fall through thin ice or become stranded, which can often lead to people risking their own lives to reach them or children endangering themselves to rescue their pet.

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