Read on to learn about ice safety tips
Many factors affect ice thickness including type of water, location, time of year and other environmental factors such as:
- Water depth and size of body of water
- Currents, tides, and other moving water
- Chemicals including salt
- Fluctuations in water levels
- Logs, rocks, and docks absorbing heat from the sun
- Changing air temperature
- Shock waves from vehicles traveling on the ice
- Avoid going out on ice, especially at night
What if you fall in?
- Try to keep calm & look towards the shore
- Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface of the ice
- Work forward on the ice by kicking your feet, this will help you keep horizontal and help you ’swim’ out of the hole
- If the ice breaks, maintain your position and slide forward again. Keep trying
- Once you are lying on the ice, roll away from the hole, do not stand
- Crawl back towards your tracks, this spreads your weight out until you are on solid ice
- Follow your footsteps back to the shore
What if someone else falls in?
- Keep calm and call 9-1-1
- Do not run up to the hole! You may break through and fall in
- Use an item on shore to extend out to them to help pull them out of the hole. Like jumper cables, skis, clothes, or a sturdy tree branch
- Get medical assistance
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