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Ice Safety

In consideration of the recent fluctuating temperatures, the Farmington Hills Fire Department wants to ensure that all residents give consideration prior to venturing onto frozen ponds.

When it comes to judging whether a frozen pond or lake is safe, there really is no sure answer.  You can't judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, temperature, or whether or not the ice is covered with snow.  Strength is based on all of these factors, plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, water chemistry and currents, the distribution of the load on the ice, and local climatic conditions.




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