It is the time of year when ice on area rivers and bodies of water begins to melt because of warmer temperatures and spring run off. With that, officials with the Grande Prairie fire department are reminding residents to avoid playing on or near any bodies of water. The risk of people or animals falling through the ice is much greater at this time of the year. Hypothermia or drowning are just some of the risks you face if you fall through the ice. If you see someone in the ice, you are encouraged to call 9-1-1 immediately, and do not try to rescue them on your own.