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WINTER - ICE SAFETY

Winter is here! With 20-degree weather and snow on the ground you have to wonder when the ice is going to freeze and we can enjoy skating with our friends and family, playing hockey, and ice fishing! As a reminder, here is important information regarding ICE SAFETY: In order to ensure a fun and safe winter skating season on our lakes, please note that SKATING IS PROHIBITED WHEN THE FLAG IS NOT OUT. When the ice is safe, a flag will be flown on each lake. The flag is white with a solid red circle. Each lake has it's own flag, so please make sure the flag is out on the lake you are planning to skate on before you venture out on the ice. It's also very important to be aware that ANY TIME YOU GO OUT ON THE ICE, YOU ARE THERE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Any questions, please contact Ray Capriolo, Ice Safety Trustee, at (973) 886-7650 or capriray.0040@gmail.com.

As the ice skating season is now upon us, please review the following with your family to ensure safety:

Flags

In Fayson Lakes when the ice is safe for skating, a flag will be flown on each lake. The flag is white with a solid red circle. Skating is permitted ONLY AFTER the ice has been tested and the flag is flying. PLEASE NOTE, SKATING IS ALWAYS AT YOUR OWN RISK!

A volunteer who has been approved by the Fayson Lakes Board of Trustees is responsible for checking the ice for safe skating. The ice is deemed safe at 4 inches of thickness.

It is important to note that just because one lake has a flag flying to indicate safe skating, it does not automatically mean that the other lakes are safe. Please make sure to check for a flag on each of the lakes before skating.

Flag Locations

  • East Lake: Intersection of Lagoon Trail and Cabot Lane
  • South Lake: South Lake boat launch where Lakeside Trail joins Dam Road
  • West Lake: Main Beach

Ice Safety Equipment

Ice safety equipment includes ring buoys and safety lines. This equipment can be found at the following locations:

  • East Lake
    • Flagpole at the intersection of Lagoon Trail and Cabot Lane
    • Boat Launch area at the intersection of Lakeside Trail and Twin Lakes Drive
  • South Lake
    • Near the flagpole at the South Lake boat launch area where Lakeside Trail joins Dam Road
    • On shore at the end of Edgemere Terrace
  • West Lake
    • Near the flagpole on Main Beach
    • On the back of Kellner's house at 15 Waters Edge

Doggie Pond

Skating on Doggie Pond is NEVER allowed

Night Skating

Skating at night is NOT permitted unless an approved program has been planned and is supervised by adult members of FLA.

Ice Fishing

Use same precautions as for ice skating or walking on ice. Ice fishing should not be done in areas used for skating. Holes dug into the ice should be clearly marked.

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is strictly prohibited on any lake at any time.

Open Water

The red ball flag may still be flown for a lake when limited areas of open water (inlets and overflow areas such as the dam culverts) exist. IMPORTANT: DO NOT WALK OR SKATE WITHIN 30 FEET OF OPEN WATER. When possible, red paint, wooden markers or other similar items will delineate such areas.

Rescue

  • If someone falls through the ice, do NOT attempt a close-contact rescue.
  • Use a close-by rowboat to get closer to the person or slide a ring buoy, pole, or ladder to the person.
  • Instruct the person to hang on to the device and slowly wiggle out of the water onto the solid ice.
  • Upon rescue, the person must immediately be taken indoors and treated for cold exposure because of loss of body heat.
  • Call for an ambulance.

Badges

Anyone skating, ice fishing, or walking on the ice is required to wear a current FLA member or guest badge.