Think twice before going on frozen ice


EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – We are still dealing with single-digit overnight low temperatures, but think twice before you head out to a pond that’s frozen over.

On Sunday, in Foxborough, two people had to be rescued after falling through ice. In East Longmeadow, the Department of Public Works has put up a sign, warning everyone of thin ice.

The Heritage Park Pond is still frozen over, but this time of the year, it’s not a good idea to go out on any frozen bodies of water.

The state Department of Fire Services says ice never freezes or melts at a uniform rate. In one spot, it may be one foot thick, but just a few steps over it may only be one inch thick.

“They actually aren’t completely frozen because it’s been warming up a little bit, and then you get the freezing temperatures and everything,” said Pam Minahan of East Longmeadow. “Don’t let your animals out there. Definitely not your kids or anything.”

If you see someone fall through ice, never go in to help. You can throw them a rope and call 911 immediately.

If you fall in, try not to panic. Place your arms on unbroken surface, and once out, do not stand up. Crawl back to safety.

Because the temperatures remain well below average, if anyone does fall through ice, one of the biggest concerns is hypothermia.

Cold water is any water below 70 degrees. You can lose body heat extremely quickly in icy water.

To prevent hypothermia, wear multiple layers of clothing, and protect your hands and ears by wearing gloves and hats.