Who's enjoying this cold weather? That's right, no one. But one thing that seems appealing during these frigid days is going out on the ice. Ice Skating, Fishing or Hockey can be a lot of fun on a frozen body of water. However, it can also be very dangerous.
If you fall through the ice, hypothermia can set in as quickly as two minutes or less. Once hypothermia sets in, you start losing function in your fingers followed by your arms and legs. At this point, you won't be able to keep yourself afloat.
By falling through thin ice, you not only put yourself in danger, but you're also putting the lives of the first responders trying to save you, on the line. Ice needs to be at least 4 inches thick to support the weight of an average human being. The ice also has to be fairly fresh, as older ice is more brittle and can break easily. It's difficult to tell how thick or old it is just by looking at it and we'd prefer you not to find out the hard way. In our area there are many moving bodies of water, such as lagoons. Because of the constant movement underneath, this ice never gets a chance to thicken to an acceptable degree.
The main thing to ask yourself before going on the ice is, is it worth the chance? The answer to that should always be a resounding, No! And if you happen to see someone fall through the ice, call 911 immediately. DO NOT try to rescue them yourself.
Stay safe out there!