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Walking on frozen ponds and lakes in OKC parks could be deadly

Post Date:01/05/2018 2:28 PM

Walking on frozen ponds and lakes could be a deadly mistake.

Visitors to Oklahoma City parks have been walking onto ice covering ponds and lakes during the unseasonably cold temperatures of the last week, said OKC Parks Natural Resources Manager Scott Copelin.

“You can see footprint tracks on the ice in some parks, and in one case a large trash can was dragged to the middle of one of our ponds,” said Copelin. “That’s dangerous. Not only is it getting warmer now, but it’s impossible to tell how thick the ice is. It’s easy to fall through.”

Cold water can quickly drop someone’s body temperature to an unsafe level and sap the energy it takes to stay afloat. It increases the risk of drowning and hypothermia.

“Chances are, you won’t be able to pull yourself out of the water and back onto the ice,” said Fire Lt. Josh Pearcy. “You only have a few minutes before you’ll become numb and cold, and your breath gets taken away.”

Never walk onto ice covering any body of water.

Call 911 for help if you see someone fall through ice into a pond or lake.

Engage with OKC Parks

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Media Contact
Scott Copelin
(405) 297-3737
scott.copelin@okc.gov

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