Be Sure The Ice Is Strong

if you should meet with an accidentI can’t get skating out of my mind, thanks to recent news of drama and corruption on the ice. Here’s a little reminder to those who don’t have the comfort of a Zamboni-treated ice rink. It’s from an important text titled Everyday Safety, which was written by William A. Evans. Watch yourselves while skating on the pond out back!

1952: Be Sure The Ice Is Strong

Ice skating is a fine sport and is safe provided the ice is strong enough. If you live in the northern part of the United States, you will be able to skate most of the winter, but in the middle section or southern part of the country the winters are frequently so mild that ice skating is seldom safe.

Even if the ice is thick and strong, beware of holes that may be cut through it for fishing or for cutting ice. In streams where the water moves rapidly, the ice may be split in some places and yet there may be stretches of frozen water elsewhere.

If you should meet with an accident and fall into a hole in the ice, try to tread water and life as much of your body out of the hole as possible, spreading your arms wide over the ice so that your weight will be distributed. Taking hold of the edge of the ice may cause additional pieces of the ice to break off.

Source: Evans, William A. Everyday Safety. Chicago: Lyons and Carnahan, 1952.
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