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The City of McPherson warns the community to stay off lakes and ponds as temperatures continue to drop. Cold temperatures do not guarantee frozen lakes and ponds are safe place upon which to walk or skate. All are asked to obey posted signs on City lakes and waterways. Follow the following guidelines if you or anyone you know ventures onto the ice and experiences trouble:1) Always keep pets on a leash if walking near a partially frozen waterway. If a pet falls through the ice, do not attempt to rescue the pet but go get help.2) Reach-Throw-Go. If a companion falls through the ice and you are unable to reach that person from shore, throw them something (rope, jumper cables, tree branch, etc.). If this does not work, go for help before you also become a victim. Get medical assistance for the victim immediately.3) If you fall in, try not to panic. Turn toward the direction from which you came. Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface, working forward by kicking your feet. Once out, remain lying on the ice (do not stand) and roll away from the hole. Crawl back to your tracks, keeping your weight distributed until you return to solid ice.The best way to avoid trouble is to avoid the ice entirely. Contact the Public Lands and Facilities Department at 620.245.2535 for more information.