Stay off the ice.
Even though neighborhood ponds and other bodies of water freeze does not mean the ice is strong enough to support a person's weight, according to the Plainfield Fire Protection District.
In fact, new clear ice must be at least four inches thick to support the weight of one person, the district also said.
White ice or ice that is covered in snow is only about half as strong as clear ice, the district also said.
Many factors can weaken the ice: changes in temperature, any movement or current of the water and the depth of water below the ice.
Follow these safety tips:
• Teach children not to go out onto the ice.
• Don’t chase pets or other animals that go onto ice; call them instead.
• If you see anyone fall through ice, call 9-1-1.
• Don't go onto the ice to help a person who has fallen through the ice.
Do reassure the person help is on the way.
• If you can safely reach them from shore, throw a rope or cable or lay a ladder down for them to grab.
• Throw something that will help them float until help arrives.
• When getting anyone out of cold water, make sure they are immediately brought to a warm area while waiting for rescuers to evaluate them for injury.