BOSTON (CBS) – Over the weekend, first responders saved several people who fell through the ice at Spy Pond in Arlington. In Hampstead, New Hampshire Monday morning, a Salem man suffered a head injury when Ice Breaking ATV on Wash Pond.
So how do you know when it’s safe to go outside? Many first responders said the only safe iceberg was found in an ice rink.
WBZ chief meteorologist Eric Fisher said southern New England was on the edge of the deep cold needed to create thick ice.
“It’s very easy to freeze the top layer, it’s harder to build and fade over time,” says Eric Fisher. “If you don’t know its depth, you want to use it very carefully.”
People should stay away from ice if it is 2 inches or less thick.
For ice fishing, you usually want to look at the thickness of the ice as 4 inches.
Snowmobiles and ATVs require about 5-6 inches of ice.
For cars and small trucks 8-12″ is recommended.
Medium trucks and even airplanes can travel on ice when there is 12-15 ″ of ice.
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