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Safety on the ice

5 tips to keep you safe on the ice

Safety on the ice

Ice strength depends upon thickness, snow cover, changes in temperature, depth of the water under the ice, water flow (current), and water level. Schools of fish under the ice also affect the ice’s integrity. Familiarize yourself with the following guidelines for ice skating or ice fishing on ponds or lakes.

  1. Avoid ice that’s clouded with air bubbles. Although it appears solid, it’s typically weak. Ice must freeze to a uniform depth of at least 4 inches before it’s firm enough for group skating or ice fishing.
  2. Identify and avoid areas with partially submerged obstacles such as stumps and rocks where the ice is usually weaker.
  3. Avoid ice over moving water, which is most likely unsafe.
  4. Examine ice for man-made hazards such as where ice has broken or been cut. Clearly identify these hazards for the benefit of others.
  5. Never permit solo skating or ice fishing. Children should skate in clearly defined areas and only with adult supervision.
To learn more about ice rescue safety, visit lifesaving.com.
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