Information from Mass 211 and MEMA

MEMA ISSUES ICE SAFETY PRECAUTIONSMan rescued by firemen

FRAMINGHAM, MA – In spite of the recent cold spell, the ice conditions of many bodies of water across the Commonwealth remain uncertain, as demonstrated by the recent ice rescues of a number of individuals and pets. Therefore, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has issued information regarding safety precautions to be taken on our frozen lakes, rivers and ponds.

"Before we experience a tragedy that is unfortunately too common this time of year, it is important that we remind everyone, particularly children, of the dangers of unsafe ice," said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. "People may be a bit impatient and venture out on the ice for skating, hockey, ice fishing and other winter sports before understanding the conditions. We highly recommend the use of recreational skating areas provided by the Commonwealth and your local communities. It is very important to exercise precaution and common sense." read more

MEMA OFFERS PRECAUTIONS FOR APPROACHING EXTREME COLD WEATHER

FRAMINGHAM, MA – "The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting bitter cold
temperatures throughout the Commonwealth for the remainder of the week. As the temperatures
continue to plummet, wind chills are expected to reach -15 to -30 degrees in some areas," stated
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. "To that end,
MEMA presents these cold weather safety tips."

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