Birmingham residents urged to stay off the ice

By on 20/12/2010 in News, Winter Alerts

Birmingham City Council has again warned residents of the dangers of attempting to skate or walk on  the city's ice-covered park lakes and ponds.

Visitors to parks and open spaces are being urged to be vigilant, especially when visiting with small children and dogs. And with further snow forecast for later this week, parents are also asked to warn their children against using sledges on steep hills where there may be obstacles such as trees and fences.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, said: “Although Birmingham Parks and open spaces provide beautiful scenery for people at this time of year, under no circumstances should people attempt to get on to the ice on any open water such as ponds, lakes and canals.

“I would also ask all people who may be walking dogs at sites with frozen pools to keep them on a lead at all times to ensure that they don't escape onto the ice.”

Martin Tolman, Head of Birmingham Resilience Team, added:” We are also urging people not to get caught out and plan for the unexpected by keeping specific items in the car boot in case of emergency caused by adverse weather conditions.

“Keeping an emergency kit, bottled water, first aid kit, torch, mobile phone and a list of useful telephone numbers along with a blanket, waterproofs and a spade will ensure you are well prepared for the worst winter can bring. Finally, the elderly should at all times possible stay in their homes and keep warm.”

Finally, Park Rangers have also urged residents not to misuse lifebelts in parks, so they are  readily available for emergencies. If the public see or are aware of missing existing life saving equipment, they should contact Birmingham's Parks on 0121 454 7810.

ENDS

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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  1. Richard Brown says:

    Could you tell me when Stockfield Road will be gritted, as it has NOT been gritted since snow fall on Saturday 18/12

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