NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio — There’s a lot of things to be concerned about when it comes to winter weather: Hypothermia; bad driving conditions; and blizzards, to name a few.
But one local police department wants another issue thrust into the spotlight, immediately: the dangers of children or pets walking out on icy bodies of water.
In a post on its Facebook page, the North Ridgeville Police Department had a stern warning for parents about keeping a close eye on their kids. Read the entire post, below:
“We need to get very serious for a minute. Read this and stop what you are doing to talk with your kids.
This morning we got a call about some kids on the ice at one of the ponds in Meadow Lakes. It took us a bit to locate where they were but we found small footprints, dog prints, and two holes on the ice. We followed the tracks back to a house but no one was home now. The concern quickly became that the parents had run out real quick and the kids were home alone and had gone out to play. Neighbors were able to contact the parents and confirmed that the kids were in fact with them. All turned out well this time. Thankfully. It turned out that the dog had gone into the the ice and the kids went to get it. Their parents saw this and immediately got them off the ice. Had they been unsupervised, this could have ended much differently.
Most of this ice just formed in the last week and cannot withstand much weight. Please, talk to your kids about the dangers of going onto the ice. Should they crash through, this will quickly become an unfathomable tragedy for a family and a recovery mission for the fire department.
Be safe and take care of each other. To the caller, thanks for looking out.”