The Missouri Highway Patrol urges everyone to be careful around bodies of water, especially during the winter months.

This winter's temperatures are fluctuating from record breaking below zero temperatures to the upper 40's, which will greatly affect the construction of ice. It is impossible to judge the strength of ice by its appearance or daily temperature. No ice is absolutely safe.

Youngsters are easily attracted to ice covered private ponds for winter activities such as ice fishing. Keep in mind, the only safe ice is the ice at a skating rink. You never know how deep the water is underneath the ice. Always supervise children playing on or near ice.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reminds you to always wear a life jacket near the water.


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