WATERBURY, Vt., - Vermont State Police are warning residents and visitors about ice surfaces which are weakening.
Officials say Vermont's ice surfaces are becoming treacherous. They say ice on waterways is getting weaker by the day due to warming weather. State, local, and federal partners are advising Vermonters and visitors to stay off the ice.
In order to prevent any emergencies, people are reminded to keep their pets on a leash if walking near a waterway. If a pet falls in the water, do not attempt a rescue, but find help. If a friend falls into ice, it is advised to throw a rope, tree branch, or jumper cables to them. If you fall in, try not to panic and turn toward the direction from which you came. Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface, working forward by kicking your feet. Once out, remain lying on the ice and roll away from the hole.