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Ice safety

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To be safe while on or around the ice, follow these principles:

  1. You need at least 4 inches of new, clear, hard ice before you venture out for skating, cross-country skiing or ice fishing.
  2. At least 5 inches of new, clear, hard ice is required for snowmobiling activities.
  3. At least 12 to 15 inches of new, clear, hard ice is required to drive a personal vehicle onto the ice.
  4. If you must venture out onto the ice, wear a float coat or life jacket.
  5. Keep pets under control and off the ice. If an animal or a human is in trouble, only attempt a shore-based rescue. Call 911 and let those who are trained and equipped respond to the emergency.
  6. While engaging in activities on the ice, carry a plastic pea-less whistle to alert others during an emergency. Also, carry ice picks that can be used to pull yourself out onto the ice shelf after falling in.
  7. If an animal or human gets into trouble, immediately call 911. Do not put yourself in danger. Only attempt a shore-based rescue by throwing something or extending something to the victim from the safety of the shore.

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