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Montgomery Parks Reminds Residents to Stay Off Frozen Lakes and Ponds

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police and Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, are urging the public to take precautions when using parks and trails during the winter, particularly during extreme weather conditions.

“It is very important for people to be safe when going outside during the type of extreme weather we are currently experiencing,” said Nicole Adams, Assistant Chief, Support Branch and Public Information Officer for the Maryland-National Capital Park Police. “The very cold temperatures, wind chill, snow, and ice can create dangerous conditions outdoors. We want people to take the proper precautions to stay safe.”

Safety precautions:

• Stay off icy lakes, ponds, and streams: The public is urged to stay off all icy/frozen water, including lakes, ponds, and streams.

“Even if a pond or stream appears to be frozen solid, there can be moving water below that is not visible. That moving water thins the ice. Walking, fishing and any activity on frozen bodies of water are dangerous,” said Adams.

Park Police ask the public to call them at 301-949-8010 if someone is on a frozen lake, pond, or stream.

Dress warmly: Wear layers, cover fingertips, toes, and as much exposed skin as possible. Wear appropriate headgear and footwear. The National Weather Service has more information on how to dress for cold weather.

“Encouraging people to dress warmly in cold weather may seem like common sense, yet it’s important that people understand what proper dress entails. People should dress in multiple layers and waterproof coverings for hands and feet.”

File Photo of Little Lake Seneca in Black Hill Regional Park

Photo by Germantown Pulse