March 6th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Beware of Thin Ice

While many of us hate the cold weather (me included, I like Spring and Fall), some people think it’s great fun to play o the ice. Playing on the ice is fun and all, but you have to make sure to watch for thin ice.

Ice doesn’t freeze uniformly. It tends to be thinner over moving water and around objects. Sometimes even fish and birds can weaken it. Ice that is safe to tread on is new, clear, and frozen solid at least 5 inches.

Be prepared, have a flotation device, ice picks, and a signaling device.

If you fall through ice:

  • Don’t try to climb out. Instead try to get horizontal and kick yourself out.
  • Once out of the water, roll away until you’re away from the break.

If you’re trying to rescue someone:

  • Call 911.
  • Try to rescue them from afar with something that floats tiedto a rope or something similar.
  • Extend something to the victim
  • If that doesn’t work try a flat-bottomed boat. It distributes weight evenly and allows the rescue to continue even if the ice cracks. Tether the boat to shore if possible.

Playing on ice is fun, just keep these tips in mind. They might help save your life or someone else’s where thin ice is involved. As for me, I’ll stay inside where it’s warm.

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