Firefighters worry about thinning ice

12:32 PM, Jan 30, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - With the warm weather we saw earlier this week, and the warm weather we're forecast to get later this week, firefighters are concerned not only about the dry conditions and the increased risk for wildfires but also thinning ice.

Denver Fire Department Station 1 is a station that has been on several ice rescues this season.

They've rescued everything this season from dogs, to deer to people. The've been busy, which is why they wanted to talk about the risks, the facts and what you need to know to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe.

Even though lakes and ponds in the metro area may seem frozen over, they may only be covered in thin ice. Ice as thin as the metro area is seeing right now is definitely not thick enough to hold up a mid to large size animal and definitely not enough to withstand a person.

Once an adult or large animal goes through ice, they have a mere eight minutes to get out or be rescued before hypothermia and other major complication start to happen. It only takes a fire department to get to someone in four minutes. That is why they say best thing to do if you see an animal or person go through is call 911.

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