ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Department of Natural Resources issued an ice danger warning for parents Thursday following the deaths of two brothers who fell through thin ice on a pond behind their home.
With next week's Thanksgiving break approaching for students, the DNR urged parents to warn their children to stay off of frozen water.
"There is a saying among water safety professionals that 'when your child is near the water, you should be near your child.' That saying holds just as true for ice," said Tim Smalley, DNR water safety specialist.
Among its recommendations, the DNR said four inches of "new clear ice" is the minimum necessary for traveling on foot. Five inches is the minimum needed to support snowmobiles and ATVs, and eight to 12 inches is the minimum for cars and trucks, the agency said. The agency also advised people to refrain from driving on ice whenever possible.
The DNR said five people died in ice accidents in Minnesota last year. The highest number of ice deaths recorded in Minnesota was 22 in the winter of 1982-83, the DNR said.
For ice safety publications, call the DNR at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.
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