Vermonters Asked to Stay Off the Ice

By Lesley Engle

Published 03/26 2014 09:11AM

Updated 03/26 2014 06:14PM

State officials are asking people to stay off the ice because it’s weakening.

Despite the cold weather, Vermont Emergency Management says the sun’s high angle is warming up the water. The warmer water is melting the ice from the bottom up.

Officials say that even if the surface seems solid—it’s not.

If you or anyone you know ventures onto the ice and experiences trouble – keep the following in mind:

  • Always keep your pets on a leash if walking near a partially frozen waterway.  If a pet falls through the ice do not attempt to rescue your pet, go for help.

·         Reach-Throw-Go.  If a companion 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 from which you came.  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.

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