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5 Essential Tips for Ensuring Safety on the Ice

Winter is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities, and one of the most popular is ice skating, ice fishing, or simply walking on frozen lakes, ponds and rivers. However, as beautiful as it may be, it’s important to always keep safety in mind. Here are five ice safety tips to help ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the ice:

  1. Check the thickness of the ice: Before venturing out onto the ice, be sure to check its thickness. The ice should be at least 4 inches thick for ice fishing, 5 inches for snowmobiles or ATVs, 8-12 inches for cars and small trucks, and 12-15 inches for larger trucks.

  2. Wear proper clothing: Dress in layers, wear waterproof boots and gloves, and always wear a life jacket. This will help you stay warm, dry and afloat in case you fall through the ice.

  3. Never go alone: Always bring a buddy when venturing out onto the ice. This way, if one person falls through the ice, the other can help get them out and call for help if necessary.

  4. Avoid areas with moving water: Areas with moving water, such as near a dam or where a river flows into a lake, are much more dangerous than areas with still water. Be sure to avoid these areas.

  5. Be prepared: Bring a rope, ice picks or screwdrivers, and a cell phone in case of an emergency. The rope can be used to help pull someone out of the water, while the ice picks or screwdrivers can be used to help grip onto the ice and pull yourself out.

Remember, always use caution and common sense when venturing out onto the ice. By following these ice safety tips, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the ice.

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