GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The natural beauty of rivers in the winter should be enjoyed from a distance.
Officials with the Grand Junction Fire Department warn against getting too close to rivers and ponds because the thickness of the ice is unpredictable.
Falling into the freezing water can lead to hypothermia or even death.
Another tip is to keep an eye on your pets as officials get calls every year about dogs running out on the ice to chase ducks and getting stuck in the water.
If you find yourself in that unfortunate situation, do not go after your pet, but rather call the GJFD for help.