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Ice Safety

Ice Safety

Read on to learn about ice safety tips

Ice Factors

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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