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Warning signs protecting the UK's frozen lakes

22nd December 2010 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander.

As the big freeze looks set to continue for some weeks to come, councils across the country are deploying warning signs to alert people to the dangers of walking and skating on frozen water.

At the scenic Diss Mere in south Norfolk, for example, there have been reports of youngsters playing on the frozen water, the Eastern Daily Press reported.

The town's council has issued a safety alert and put up warning signs around the area.

Deborah Sarson, Diss town clerk, told the newspaper the authority had received reports claiming young people were "foolishly" risking their lives by playing on the waterway, which is covered by a thin sheet of ice.

She told the newspaper: "I can't emphasis enough the dangers of trying to walk skate or play on the Mere. Although the ice may appear quite thick at the edges in other parts it is considerably thinner and there is no way of knowing whether the ice will bear a person's weight until it is too late."

Health and safety signage is also in place around frozen lakes and ponds in areas of Carmarthenshire and Middlesbrough.


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