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Ice Alert: Alamo Sea Freezes, Authorities Urge Caution And Preparedness

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Blaine County, San Andreas — The Alamo Sea in Blaine County has frozen over, creating a picturesque but potentially hazardous winter wonderland as freezing temperatures grip the region. Authorities advise residents and visitors alike to exercise extreme caution and take necessary precautions if they plan to venture out onto the frozen surface. It’s important to follow safety guidelines when considering any activities on the frozen Alamo Sea.

Members of SAFA, SAFR, PD Dispatch, and Public Works playing an impromptu game of tube hockey on the frozen Alamo Sea. (Photo by: Erin Murphy)

Safety Tips for Those Venturing onto the Ice:

  • Check Ice Thickness: Before stepping onto the frozen sea, individuals should check the ice thickness. A minimum of four inches is generally considered safe for a single person, but thicker ice is preferable for groups and vehicles.
  • Wear Proper Attire: Dress warmly in layers, including waterproof clothing, to protect against the biting cold. Hats, gloves, and sturdy boots are essential to prevent frostbite.
  • Avoid Risky Areas: Stay away from areas with visible cracks, ice that appears discolored, or sections near moving water. These areas may have thinner ice and pose an increased risk of accidents.
  • Let Others Know Where You’re Going: Always inform someone about your plans and expected return time before venturing out into the cold. This ensures that help can be contacted in case of an emergency.
  • Carry Safety Equipment: Carry safety equipment such as ice picks, a rope, and a life jacket. These items can be crucial in case of an emergency.

While the frozen Alamo Sea presents a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of winter, safety should be our top priority. Exercise caution, follow safety guidelines, and enjoy the beauty of nature responsibly.

People gather on the ice to chill with each other. (Photo by: Erin Murphy)

Staying Safe During Winter: General Tips for the Public

As the Alamo Sea freezes over, bringing winter’s chill to Blaine County, everyone is reminded to take proactive measures to ensure personal safety and protect their homes during the cold season. Weazel News has compiled a list of essential tips to help the you navigate some of the challenges of winter weather:

  • Bundle Up: Dress in layers to stay warm and insulated against the cold. Ensure that extremities, such as hands and feet, are adequately covered with gloves and waterproof boots. A warm hat is crucial to prevent heat loss through the top of your head.
  • Heating Safety: Exercise caution when using space heaters, fireplaces, or any heating appliances. Keep flammable objects away from heat sources, and never leave heating equipment unattended. Ensure that smoke detectors are in working order.
  • Home Insulation: Check doors and windows for drafts and seal any gaps to prevent heat loss. Consider using weather stripping or draft stoppers to keep the cold air out and maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.
  • Protecting Pipes: Prevent frozen pipes by insulating them with pipe insulation or heat tape. Let faucets drip slightly to keep water flowing and avoid freezing. In extremely cold temperatures, consider leaving cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Vehicle Maintenance: Ensure that vehicles are winter-ready by checking tire pressure, antifreeze levels, and the overall condition of brakes and batteries. Keep an emergency kit in the car, including blankets, a flashlight, and non-perishable snacks.
  • Snow Removal: Keep pathways and driveways clear of snow and ice to prevent slips and falls. Use salt or sand to improve traction on slippery surfaces. Shovel snow promptly to avoid the buildup of ice.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Have an emergency kit on hand that includes essentials such as non-perishable food, water, blankets, and a first aid kit. Stay informed about weather forecasts and have a plan in place for power outages or other emergencies.
  • Check on Neighbors: Look out for one another during extreme weather conditions. Check on neighbors, especially the elderly or those with limited mobility, to ensure they are safe and have the support they need.
A Public Works truck idles on the ice while waiting for their next call. (Photo by: Erin Murphy)

By following these tips, we can better navigate the challenges posed by the winter cold and ensure everyone’s general safety. Stay tuned to Weazel News for updates and stay warm, San Andreas!

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  1. Stefford Johnson

    December 17, 2023 at 5:41 pm

    Time put the ol ice skates under my wheels again

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