Chief James W. Dow
23 Pleasant Street
PO Box 154
Dunstable, MA 01827
Dunstable Fire Department
Chief Brian Rich
28 Pleasant Street
PO Box 96
Dunstable, MA 01827
For Immediate Release
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Dunstable Police and Fire Provide Ice Safety Tips
DUNSTABLE — Police Chief James Dow and Fire Chief Brian Rich would like to remind all residents to be cognizant of thin ice as temperatures continue to fluctuate.
Over the last couple weeks, temperatures have continued to rise and fall, and it is projected to be 50 degrees this weekend.
The Dunstable Police and Fire Departments also warn that Lower Massapoag Pond and other local waterways are not yet frozen enough to the point where walking, skating, or ice fishing are considered safe.
“Due to the multiple storms and temperature fluctuations, ice and surrounding snow are consistently freezing and refreezing,” Chief Dow said. “Please take extra caution and make sure to adequately salt your driveways, sidewalks, and walkways.”
The Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs says ice should always be measured in multiple places before testing it with your weight. Ice two inches or less should be avoided completely. Ice with a depth of four inches or more is considered safe for ice fishing or other activities on foot. Five inches of ice is recommended for snowmobiles or ATVs. Eight to 12 inches is necessary for a small car, while 12 to 15 inches of ice is necessary for trucks.
General Ice and Cold Water Safety:
- Never go onto the ice alone. A friend may be able to rescue you or go for help if you fall through the ice.
lways keep your pets on a leash. If a pet falls through the ice do not attempt a rescue. Call 911 instead.
- New ice is usually stronger than old ice. As the ice ages, the bond between the crystals decay, making it weaker, even if melting has not occurred.
Beware of ice covered with snow. Snow can insulate ice and keep it strong, but can also insulate it to keep it from freezing.
- Slush is a danger sign, indicating that ice is no longer freezing from the bottom and can be weak or deteriorating.
Ice formed over flowing water (rivers or lakes containing a large number of springs) is generally 15 percent weaker.
- Ice seldom freezes or thaws at a uniform rate. It can be one foot thick in one spot and be only one inch thick 10 feet away.
What To Do If Someone Falls Through Ice
- Reach-Throw-Go: If someone falls through the ice and you are unable to reach that person from shore, throw them something (rope, jumper cables, tree branch, etc.). If this does not work, go for help before you also become a victim. Get medical assistance for the victim immediately.
- If you fall in, try not to panic. Turn toward the direction you came from. Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface, working forward by kicking your feet. Once out, remain lying on the ice (do not stand) and roll away from the hole. Crawl back to your tracks, keeping your weight distributed until you return to solid ice.
If you have any questions, call Dunstable Police at 978-649-7445. If you fear that a neighbor or resident may be in danger, dial 911.