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Warm Winter Can Lead To Danger On Ice

January 16, 2012 by  

Warm Winter Can Lead To Danger On Ice

Although winter has just begun, there have already been 10 reported incidents concerning individuals falling through the ice, highlighting the dangers of warm winters and frozen bodies of water.

According to a release from the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA), experts have blamed the unseasonably warm temperatures and alternate freezing and thawing for the dangerous conditions this winter.

“We urge everyone to stay off all frozen bodies of water,” said Kim Burgess, executive director of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. “The perceived recreational benefit is simply not worth the risk to yourself or your loved ones.”

The NDPA also advised against letting pets roam onto the ice, as these animals may fall through and inspire brave actions from onlookers. The organization noted that if a beloved companion does become submerged, calling 911 is a better solution than attempting a rescue mission.

Regions like the American Midwest have seen temperatures as high as 50 degrees as of January 11, and places like Albany have received only 6.5 inches of snow this winter, roughly 10 inches less than it normally gets by this point, according to the Washington Post.

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  • 1minuteman

    this has always been the case. no one should go out on ice unless it has been checked to be safe. articles like this will just give more ammo to global warming nuts like al gore and obama.

  • Sirian

    Yep, this just goes to show that “common sense” has most certainly been put on the “Endangered Species” list.

  • 45caliber

    I don’t know if we are having a warm winter or not. But it seems that we are continually having idiots running out on thin ice. And it seems that more and more of them try every year. As far as I’m concerned, if they won’t take advice, then if they want to win the Darwin Award more power to them.

  • s c

    Whenever I see a topic that sounds potentially stupid, I check to see who took credit for it. I expected to see UPI next to the article’s title.
    OK, call me suspicious.
    It shouldn’t have to be said, but if you live in an area that gets cold weather, and you have a reason to walk on ice, use some common sense. You just might live through the winter that way, folks.
    On the other hand if you’re a utopian who lives in cold country, do whatever feels good, airhead.

  • James

    Even if winters were colder, about 25% of Americans would still fall through the ice. Even if they dont’, they would still fall and slide for miles on all that blubber.

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