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Emergency Responders Warn To Stay Off Thin Ice

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — It's been five days since Kentucky has last seen the temperature above the freezing point, which means ponds, lakes and streams are starting to freeze, leaving emergency responders warning people to think twice about stepping on thin ice. 

Although ice may look solid to any naked eye, it can be dangerously deceiving for anyone who comes across it, or walks across it, according to Lexington Fire Captain Jordan Saas. 

"There is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice," Capt. Saas told LEX 18. "Everybody says at least four inches of thickness of solid ice is required for people to walk and do any type of light activity. However, as we know in Kentucky, our temperatures fluctuate so much, that- who knows how thick the ice is."

And it's not just dangerous for those who venture out on to the ice. If you fall in, Captain Saas says your life, along with any kind heart or trained professional who stops to help, could be put in jeopardy. 

So, if you insist on ice skating this winter, Captain Saas says there are safer places for that. 

"If you absolutely must go ice skating, go downtown. We know it's a safe rink, it's on the corner of Main and Broadway. Yes you have to pay a few dollars, but, at least you know it's safe."
 

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