South Lake Tahoe Fire Department cautioning ice danger |

South Lake Tahoe Fire Department cautioning ice danger

Sebastian Foltz
South Lake Tahoe city and fire department officials are cautioning area residents and visitors to be aware of potential dangers involving ice along the lake shore and on smaller bodies of water.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — City and area fire department officials are cautioning guests and residents to be careful with ice on Lake Tahoe and other area bodies of water.

“We don’t want anybody falling through the ice,” city spokeswoman Tracy Franklin told the Tribune following a recent city press release.

“It’s an attractive nuisance,” South Lake Tahoe Fire chief Jeff Meston said of ice buildup in coves, marinas and along shorelines. “We’ve had some problems through the years. We’ve had to do some ice rescues.”

Meston said his department hasn’t had any issues so far this winter but with increased snowfall and visitor traffic he voiced concerns.

“I guess I’m going to be the party pooper and say don’t play on the ice,” he said. “It’s the safest thing to do.”

Meston mentioned reports of people attempting to walk on ice around the Ski Run Marina. He said the Tahoe Keys and Lakeview Commons are also are potential areas of note.

Those who take their dogs to the beach should be cautious where they let them roam.

“If your dog falls through the ice, people are going to go in after their pets,” Meston said.

Anyone attempting to recreate on ice should do so with extreme caution and never alone. Meston noted that multiple winter layers of clothing can quickly become waterlogged and cause a person to sink should they be submerged.

Even breaking through ice in a shallow stream and accidentally getting wet can become an issue, should a person be subject to extended periods in wet gear.

“Your going to cool down super quick,” Meston said adding that hypothermia and frostbite are a winter concern. “Thirty minutes of wet feet that aren’t insulated and you’ll already start to have frostbite.”

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