The unusually cold weather over the past month has caused local bodies of water to freeze over, but authorities say don’t be fooled into thinking they are all strong enough to support your weight.  While human rescues have been few and far between over the years, most fire departments are ready to jump into action if you fall through the ice.  They all say it’s a better idea not to go onto the ice in the first place.

That includes Godfrey’s Deputy Fire Chief Eric Cranmer.

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He says the department has performed some animal rescues over the years when it is safe to do so.  If you find yourself on ice that is breaking, he suggests you get down on your hands and knees to more evenly distribute your weight and try to crawl to safety.

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