COLUMBUS, Ind. — The Columbus Fire Department is urging residents to stay away from ice-covered bodies of water and to be sure to take appropriate safety precautions should anyone get into a dangerous situation around ice.
Among the precautions suggested by the fire department:
- Never leave a child or pet dog unattended around icy bodies of water.
- Always keep your pets on a leash.
- If a pet falls through the ice, do not attempt to rescue the animal. Call 911 for help.
- Slush is a danger sign, indicating that ice is no longer freezing from the bottom and can be weak or deteriorating.
- Ice seldom freezes or thaws at a uniform rate. It can be 1-foot thick in one spot and be only a few inches thick 10 feet away.
To help a victim who has fallen through the ice, remember to “reach, throw and go."
- Reach — from shore with a rope, pole, ladder, tree branch, jumper cables or similar object.
- Throw — something to keep them afloat such as a life preserver or boat seat cushion.
- Go — to find supplies, help or call 911.