By Rachel Bertone
When joining in the fun of wintertime activities, always remember safety first – especially when it comes to ice.
A Waterloo resident all too familiar with the dangers of ice founded Project Skipper in 2010. The nonprofit aims to teach kids about ice safety using the acronym SKPR. If someone falls through ice, the acronym reminds them to Stay calm, Kick like a swimmer, Pull yourself up onto ice, Roll away.
Project Skipper offers a few more vital tips for parents to share with their children and other adults:
- If a toy, sled or pet slides onto frozen water, do not step onto the ice to get it. Even a pond that appears frozen solid or covered with snow can be dangerous.
- Throw a rope or tree branch or lay a ladder to reach the victim if someone has fallen through. Never walk onto the ice to attempt a rescue.
For more information on Project Skipper and ice safety, visit www.projectskipper.com.