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Opinion

January 11, 2014

Recognize the cold facts and stay safe

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At the time, warmer temperatures had weakened the ice on some ponds and lakes — a scenario that could repeat itself now. As area residents venture back out for ice fishing, snowmobiling and other winter pursuits, we urge all who do so to be cautious and safe when on the ice. 

The Lifesaving Society, a Canadian organization, advises that snowmobilers wear life jackets when crossing frozen lakes; to never go out on the ice alone; and to avoid traveling on the ice at night. Gray, dark or slushy ice can be a sign of danger; hard, blue-colored ice usually indicates strong, thick ice. Carrying a pair of small, sharp tools such as picks can also save your life if you do fall in. 

We encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the winter weather, but being aware of some of its hidden dangers can help keep you safe while you do so. 

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