Motorists advised to take care during cold snap

Frost in the Valley Gardens this week, picture Dr Roger Litton
Frost in the Valley Gardens this week, picture Dr Roger Litton
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North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service is urging people in the region to take care as the cold snap continues.

Temparatures in the Harrogate area are predicted to barely raise above -1C today, making roads and pavements trecharous.

Motorists are reminded to take warm clothes, a blanket, torch and food and drink on long journeys, and only set out in bad weather if necessary.

Sport fixtures in the region have been hit by the weather.

Football matches at Harrogate Town, Harrogate Railway abd Knaresborough Town have been postponed, while Ripon City and Wetherby Athletic fans are advised their away fixtures have also been postponed.

Harrogate Rugby Club’s home game against Bradford and Bingley has been postponed until February 2.

The service is warning people to take care around frozen water.

Prevention and Protection Group Manager Trevor Lund said: “We often see people walking dogs or children playing on frozen lakes and ponds. Once someone steps onto the ice they take their life in their hands as there is no guarantee that the ice can bear a person’s weight. History shows that if someone falls through ice they may well disappear out of sight, and once in the water they will quickly be overcome by the intense cold and unable to help themselves.”

A fire service statement warned: “Do not go onto ice-covered lakes, ponds or rivers, it’s not safe.

“In the event of entering icy water, hypothermia is likely to set in very quickly reducing the ability to get out safely.

“The ice closest to the bank may appear to be thick, but it becomes thinner towards the middle.

“If a dog or another animal falls through the ice, do not go to its rescue, if the ice did not support the animal it will not take your weight. Always call the Emergency Services on 999.

“If you do see a person or animal in difficulties call 999.”

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