No ice is safe ice
To be safe while on or around the ice, follow these principles:
- You need at least 4 inches of new, clear, hard ice before you venture out for skating, cross-country skiing or ice fishing.
- At least 5 inches of new, clear, hard ice is required for snowmobiling activities.
- At least 12 to 15 inches of new, clear, hard ice is required to drive a personal vehicle onto the ice.
- If you must venture out onto the ice, wear a float coat or life jacket.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.