2004-01-23 / Community

Parks Commissioner Urges: 'Stay Off the Ice'

Parks Commissioner Urges: 'Stay Off the Ice'

Parks Commissioner Urges: 'Stay Off the Ice'

Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe warned New Yorkers today against going onto or near the ice of ponds and lakes. Determining the strength of ice is extremely difficult, especially for an untrained individual. Ice must be at least six inches thick before it can maintain the weight of a person, and to freeze to the right thickness, the temperature must be well below freezing for weeks.

Parks and Recreation offers the following Ice Safety Tips to ensure park patrons remain safe:

+ Never go on frozen waters (unless clearly marked otherwise by official signs.)

+ Parents and caregivers should make sure children are never unattended near ice.

+ If you hear cracking, lie down immediately to try to distribute your weight.

+ If you witness someone falling through ice, never attempt to make a rescue by yourself. Call 911 and notify the proper authorities. Be sure to give the exact location and an account of the incident.

For locations and times of winter activities in New York City parks visit www.nyc.gov/parks.

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