NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City parks department wants all visitors to keep ice safety in mind.
They’re reminding people to never walk on bodies of water that appear frozen and keep a close eye on your children to avoid any potentially deadly accidents.READ MORE: Long Island Hoping For Best But Bracing For Worst As Nor'easter Approaches: 'Get Prepared Now'
“With dips and spikes in the temperature, our water bodies can freeze and thaw, causing them to appear frozen when they’re not,” Parks Acting Commissioner Liam Kavanagh said. “Walking on the ice can be life-threatening, and we want all park-goers to be safe.”READ MORE: Remembering NYPD Officer Jason Rivera: Wake Held For 22-Year-Old Killed In Line Of Duty In Harlem
Parks officials say if you are on ice and hear cracking, lay down immediately to try to distribute your weight.MORE NEWS: Health Officials Tracking New 'Stealth' Omicron Variant Spreading In Europe, Detected In U.S.
If you see someone falling through ice, don’t try to make a rescue by yourself, call 911 right away.