Police in Monson are warning residents about the dangers of thin ice after an individual was rescued from a lake Friday.
According to the Monson Police Department, officers were called to Lake Paradise Friday morning for a report of someone falling through the ice.
Police said the 60-year-old victim was able to be rescued successfully and suffered only minor injuries.
The department is now reminding residents that the ice may not be safe, despite how safe it may look.
According to the Massachusetts ice strength and safety guidelines, ice two inches or less is too dangerous and residents should avoid walking on it.
Ice needs to be at least four inches thick before it is safe enough to walk or ice fish on. To be safe enough to snowmobile or ATV, ice needs to be at least five inches thick.
If you are going out on the ice for a walk, ride, or to go ice fishing, you should always tell someone where you’re going, wear a life jacket, carry a cellphone, and carry ice picks and rope with you just in case.