OCEAN PINES, Md. - The Ocean Pines Fire Department is urging everyone to take extra precaution when it comes to ice.
Despite the cold temperatures, officials say there is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice in our region. The department is reminding children to stay away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water that may appear to be frozen or have a thin coating of ice.
Officials say if you witness someone falling through the ice, the best way to help them is to immediately call 911 so rescue personnel can quickly be dispatched. The department says to resist the urge to go out on the ice after them or else you could fall through too. In this event, keep an eye on the location where the victim is so you can direct rescuers to that location. While waiting for rescue personnel to arrive on the scene, officials say to extend or throw a long object to the victim such as rope, pole, tree limb or even a scarf to help pull them to shore.
Fire officials also recommend to keep dogs on leashes around frozen bodies of waters. Many dogs are seriously injured or killed after falling through ice.
The Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department encourages you to learn CPR if you do not already know. Call 410-641-8272 to enroll in a class.