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DNR Reminds Parents of Ice Danger to Children

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With Thanksgiving this week, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning parents to keep an eye on their children as they visit friends and family who live near a pond or other body of water where only a thin coating of ice may have formed.

Last winter, six people died after falling through the ice.

"Kids are adventurous and want to go out and play while mom and dad are cooking or visiting with friends," said Kara Owens, DNR boating and water safety specialist. "Right now, a thin coating of ice has formed on many lakes and ponds. An inch or two of ice is not safe."

Children should not go out on the ice without adult supervision, even when conditions improve, she added.

"Parents should also tell their children to stay away from any frozen water bodies around the home and that no ice is ever 100 percent safe," Owens said.

The DNR recommends anyone heading out on the ice should: carry a set of ice picks, check with a local bait shop or resort – ask about ice conditions – and measure the ice.

DNR clear ice thickness recommendations are:

  • 4 inches for walking.
  • 5 inches for a snowmobile or ATV.
  • 8-12 inches for a car.
  • 12-15 inches for a medium-sized truck.
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