No Ice Is Safe Ice
Ocean City, Maryland – (January 23, 2019): As temperatures continue to drop and conditions of the bay change, the Ocean City Fire Department (OCFD) is reminding residents and visitors about the dangers of ice. While winter can be an exciting time of year for the outdoors type, a frozen body of water has inherent dangers which can occur regardless of how strong and thick the ice appears.
The OCFD is reminding citizens that ice on the bay, ponds, lakes and lagoons is unsafe. “Each year hundreds of people are injured in ice water accidents,” said Ocean City Assistant Chief Eric Peterson. “Many think that because the body of water has been frozen for a few days, they can “skate” or play on the ice. It is important to understand that even though the ice may look strong and safe, there is always the danger of falling through the ice and into frigid water.”
Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about the dangers of ice. “Walking and playing on ice is inviting and appears to be fun but it is important that children understand the dangers associated with playing on ice,” Peterson continued. “It’s important for children to know that there is no such thing as 100% safe ice. No ice is safe ice.”