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home : safety : safety briefs April 16, 2014

4/1/2013 3:36:00 PM
Sheriff's Office warns of thin ice conditions

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office urges community members to be cautious around ice as temperatures are rising. Parents and guardians are urged to use active supervision when children are near bodies of water due to thin ice.

During the 2012-13 winter season, there were 25 cars, trucks and recreational vehicles that fell through the ice in Hennepin County, according to the Sheriff's Office. One incident took place on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis and the other 24 incidents took place on Lake Minnetonka. There were three deaths in two separate incidents.

The Sheriff's Office offers these safety precautions:

• Anyone who plans to venture onto the ice on foot or with recreational vehicles, such as snowmobiles and ATVs, should wear a life jacket.

• Four inches of ice is the recommended minimum thickness for walking and small group activities on ice. No ice should ever be considered safe. Channels of Lake Minnetonka should be avoided.

• Remember to keep your dog on a leash this time of year.

For more information about ice safety visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource's website at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice.

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