Naperville Fire Department, Park District Encourage Winter Ice Safety

Stay off the Ice to Stay Safe This Season

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — With more than 500 retention ponds in Naperville, the Naperville Fire Department and Naperville Park District wish to remind residents of the importance of winter ice safety.

Regardless of the time of year, it is never safe to go out on the water – even when it appears to be frozen. Ice thickness and strength are difficult to determine and can be affected by factors including pond depth, varying temperatures and aerators designed to keep water moving. Fluctuating temperatures during the freezing process can create thin spots that are unsafe for people and animals, yet invisible to the untrained eye.

To avoid injury from falling through thin ice, please stay off the ice atop all retention ponds. Parents should teach children about the dangers of ponds in winter and the importance of staying away from ice. Pet owners should keep all animals leashed around ponds to help them stay safe, too.

During the winter months, the Naperville Park District offers several natural ice rinks and skating locations. However, these are currently closed due to inadequate weather conditions for making and maintaining a safe skating surface. Residents may check the status of these outdoor skating areas at

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About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at