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Aquatics Expert Witness Issues Warning: No Ice is Safe Ice

January 4th, 2011 · No Comments · experts

Lifesaving Resources Issues Warning: No Ice Is Safe Ice

Lifesaving Resources and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance warns: Keep children, pets off frozen bodies of water.

Harrisville, New Hampshire. December 19, 2010 – Lifesaving Resources, a private corporation dedicated to drowning and aquatic injury prevention and emergency management warns: “No ice is safe ice.”

Author: Gerald M. Dworkin - Aquatics Expert Witness and Ice Safety Expert Witness
Date: December 20, 2010

Lifesaving Resources and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance warns: Keep children, pets off frozen bodies of water.

Harrisville, New Hampshire. December 19, 2010 – Lifesaving Resources, a private corporation dedicated to drowning and aquatic injury prevention and emergency management warns: “No ice is safe ice.”

“The recent drowning deaths and numerous emergency incidents from throughout the northern states should remind all of us that (1) children need to be vigilantly supervised anytime they are in, on or around the water; (2) domestic pets need to be kept under control and off the ice; and, (3) never venture onto the ice without appropriate personal protective equipment (including a float coat and ice picks).

It’s important to keep pets under control and prevent them from roaming onto ice says National Drowning Prevention Alliance Board Member Gerald M. Dworkin, an aquatics safety expert witness and water rescue consultant at Lifesaving Resources Inc. “About 85 percent of ice emergency 9-1-1 calls are triggered by people trying to save a pet who fell through thin ice. Never attempt to rescue an animal yourself, but rather, call 9-1-1.”

“The danger is that ice seldom freezes uniformly,” says Dworkin. “For example, ice will be thinner when it has formed over moving water, and where it surrounds partially submerged objects such as rocks or tree limbs. Even the movement of fish and birds weakens the integrity of ice.” He adds that snow-covered ice, and ice that has thawed and refrozen is not as strong as new, clear, hard ice. 

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