Just because it's frozen over doesn't mean it's safe.
That's the warning local police hope juveniles and adults alike will heed now that bodies of water such as Spring Lake have frozen over.
Spring Lake Borough Detective Sergeant Timothy Giblin said police have responded to multiple calls in January from concerned residents who spotted children on top the frozen water.
"During the month this department responded to several calls of juveniles on the ice at the lakes," Giblin said. "We are asking parents to speak with their children to warn them of the dangers of being on the ice when it has not been deemed safe."
Those dangers include falling through the ice and drowning or suffering frostbite, and a fatality at Budd Lake in New Jersey Jan. 8 was the result of two young victims falling through the ice.
In Belmar, Silver Lake is full but officials there said the lake front is still in disrepair from the superstorm. The mud created from Hurricane Sandy and the draining of the lake remains, but the borough will allow for an extensive landscaping design of the area and some of the lake south of A Street is still cordoned off to prevent access to the beachfront.