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Springfield Fire Department Urges People Not To Play On Frozen Waterways

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The freezing temperatures have led to frozen waterways, which might be tempting to play on.  But the Springfield Fire Department is urging people to stay off the ice.

Fire chief David Pennington and battalion chief of EMS and Special Operations Brian Athen said that playing on ice could lead to a life-threatening emergency.

The ice may appear solid and able to support a person’s weight while in reality, a person could fall through into frigid water.

If you witness someone falling through ice, call 911; maintain voice and visual contact with the victim and wait for help—don’t attempt to rescue them yourself.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.