MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Hennepin County sheriff reminds parents and guardians to keep children away from thin ice on partially frozen ponds, lakes and all bodies of water.

Sheriff Rick Stanek says that most victims of fatal accidents on Hennepin County ice have been kids.

“When your child is near the ice or the water, you should be near your child. I urge you to provide clear rules about ice safety throughout the winter months,” Stanek said.

He adds that no ice should ever be considered safe, especially ice on small bodies of water like ponds. Light snow or frost may make thin ice appear safe when it is not.

Four inches is the minimum thickness recommended for walking and small group activities – a level that we have yet to achieve throughout the state.

Stanek also reminds pet owners to keep their dogs leashed at all times, since his office has responded to several calls involving owners who put themselves at risk by attempting to rescue pets who have wandered out onto thin ice.

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