GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The ice is providing outdoor skating rinks for local kids, but watch out because it could be a hazard.
Mike Page with the Grand Junction Fire Department says you want to test the ice before you walk on it. He explains, "One of the worst ways is to just get on any piece of ice and see if it holds you. The best way is to measure the ice thickness and make sure it's good clean ice. You need at least two inches to support a person's weight."
He suggests drilling holes in the ice to check that it's thick enough and keep drilling as you move further away from land.
He also says that it's critical to have people with you when you are out on the ice. That way you'll have help in case you fall in.
Even if the ice looks safe from the bank, there's a good chance it could be slushy in the middle.
Page says if you are on thin ice or do fall in, spread your weight over as much ice as you can so it's not concentrated in one weak spot.
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