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Get Off The Ponds: Wilton Fire Department Warns Of Dangers Of Thin Ice

Thin ice is a hazard.
Thin ice is a hazard. Photo Credit: File

WILTON, Conn. — After many people were spotted walking on ponds and lakes in recent days, Wilton officials are warning residents of the dangers because the ice may not be frozen.

A safety message was issued Friday from the Wilton Fire Department, Police Department, WVAC and Dive Rescue Team.

"Many people, especially the youth of our town have been spotted walking on ponds and lakes in recent days," Fire Chief Ronald E. Kanterman said in a statement. "The ice at this time is thin at best. The town does not certify the thickness or safety of ice on natural bodies of water.

"Only you can prevent a tragedy by not going on the ice and keeping your kids off the ice as well."

Temperatures on Friday were expected to rise into the mid-40s, well above freezing, under sunny skies.

"While the Dive Rescue Team in town has the ability make ice rescues, we prefer not to," Kanterman said. "Keep the holidays and all days to follow, happy and safe. Stay off the ice."

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