When the ice starts melting from this frigid weather, first
responders are urging common sense if you do plan on heading out for some
"Any chance I get, I come
down here. Whenever it's frozen, it's game time for me," said Grant Roehr
who was playing hockey on Mirror Lake in Eden Park on Tuesday.
Roehr has a hockey background and has plenty of skating experience, but he knows with this slight warm-up in
sight, you've got to be a little more careful.
"I came out here and I
walked on it before I actually put my skates on and skated out in the
middle. It's really all a judgement call," said Roehr.
In talking to some skaters on
Tuesday, they say it's all about feeling comfortable before you ever get on the
ice. You want to look for things like cracks in the ice. You might
even want to put some pressure on the ice, maybe even stand on it if you do
feel comfortable before you start skating.
"You've got to see how the
ice feels. If it cracks, you should stay off of it. If you start
hearing noises on it, that's usually not a good sign," said Brad Bowers, a UC
student skating at Mirror Lake.
Firefighters in Colerain Township
train for ice rescue situations. They know they'll get calls for some of
those rescues as the ice thaws out this week. But, they're hoping a small
piece of advice will keep that from happening to you.
"The best way to test it, I
think, is you drill, you measure it and then you do it in several different
areas you're going out," said Capt. Steve Conn of the Colerain Fire Department.
At the end of the day, it all
comes down to a judgment call.
"Please, if you have any
doubts at all, don't go out on the ice," Conn told FOX19.
Conn recommends ice be about 2-3
inches thick, ideally about 4 inches thick before taking the ice. If you
do go out over the next few days, you'll also want to look for areas that are
thawing and stay away from things sticking out of the ice like docks, and
fountains. As they heat up with the sun, the ice will melt around them.
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