Recommended safety tips when dealing with ice

MASS. –
Whether you're new to the northern climate, or just out of practice, the
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation wants to remind
everyone to use caution on ice.

Here are
the recommended safety tips:

-Never go
onto the ice alone.

-Always
keep your pet on a leash. If a pet falls through the ice, do not attempt to
rescue – go for help.

-Beware of
ice covered with snow. Snow can insulate ice and keep it strong, but it can
also insulate ice and keep it from freezing. Snow can also hide cracks as well
as weak and open ice.

-Ice formed
over flowing water (including springs under the surface) is generally weaker
than ice over still water.

-Ice seldom
freezes or thaws at a uniform rate. It can be a foot thick in one spot or an
inch thick in another.

-If a
companion falls through the ice and you are unable to reach them from the
shore, throw something to them (a rope, tree branch, even jumper cables from a
car, etc.). If this doesn't work, go or phone for help before you also become a
victim. Get medical assistance for the victim immediately.

-If you
fall in, try not to panic. Turn toward the direction you came from. Place your
hands and arms on the unbroken surface, working forward by kicking your feet.
Once the ice is solid enough to hold you, and you can pull yourself out, remain
lying on the ice (do not stand; lying down spreads your weight across a wider
area, lessening the weight on any one spot) and roll away from the hole. Crawl
back the way you came, keeping your weight distributed, until you return to
solid ice or ground.

 

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