The Allen Fire Department shared safety tips with residents Wednesday after it said it had received several calls about children playing on frozen ponds.
While ice skating across a frozen pond may seem tempting, the fire department said it was safer for children and adults (and dogs) to avoid iced-over bodies of water.
“Even in bitter cold temperatures, ice conditions on bodies of water can be extremely uncertain,” the department said in an announcement.
Follow these steps from the fire department to keep your pets and children safe during the freezing temperatures outside:
- Steer children away from bodies of water.
- Keep pets on a leash when outside.
- Be wary of ice covered with snow. The powdery appearance of snow can hide fractures and weaknesses in ice.
What to do if someone falls through ice:
- Call 9-1-1 or find help. The fire department is asking residents to avoid attempting rescue alone. “If the ice did not support the victim’s weight, it will not support you,” the announcement reads.
- Change the person into warm clothes as soon as possible. If you are unable to locate dry clothes, leave the wet ones on for insulation.
- Seek medical attention when possible.
What to do if you fall through ice:
- Stay calm. Bodies go into panic-mode when submerged in cold water and your heart rate will increase.
- Face the direction you came from and spread your arms out on the unbroken ice. While kicking your feet, try to pull yourself up onto the ice.
- Once on the ice, lie flat and roll yourself toward land. Lying flat helps to distribute your body weight evenly.
- Treat yourself for hypothermia and seek medical attention.