As the winter season is upon us, recreational activities on our frozen waterways has begun. While many enjoy these activities without incident, there already have been many near-misses of people being rescued after falling through the ice. Once in the water the body can succumb to the effects of hypothermia very quickly, rendering the person unable to rescue themselves from the environment.
Ice safety is one of the main tenants upon which NPSS was founded. Please remember that when talking about ice covers on natural bodies of water that “no ice is safe ice”. There are many factors that dictate the strength of ice, far beyond simply the ice thickness. Take the time to learn about ice safety, be prepared, and when in doubt contact your local public safety agency.