The 9th Coast Guard District reminds Great Lakes citizens and visitors to use extra precautions when planning recreational activities on frozen ponds, streams, rivers and lakes. Ice can be unpredictable and dangerous.
Ice is an ever-changing surface, and the fluctuating weather conditions affect the ice's stability.
In an effort to prevent, prepare and educate those who recreate on the ice, here are five facts about ice:
In an effort to prevent, prepare and educate those who recreate on the ice, the Coast Guard would like to encourage people to remember the following tips:
Intelligence: check the weather and ice conditions, know where you are going, and know how to call for help/assistance.
Clothing: wear the proper anti-exposure clothes with multiple layers. If possible, wear a dry suit to prevent hypothermia, which can occur within minutes after falling through the ice.
Equipment: have the proper equipment such as a marine band radio, life jackets and screw drivers.
Remember the acronym ICE whenever participating in recreational activities on frozen ponds, streams, rivers and lakes.