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Columbus firefighters urging residents to be careful around icy waters

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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.

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