Winter is finally here which means it is time to go sledding, ice skating, and ice fishing! However, it is imperative that you keep safety in mind due to the dangers of frozen bodies of water. With a safety perspective, you can reduce the dangers and remain safe this winter. Lakes, rivers, and ponds all have the ability to deceive you when they develop a thin layer of ice, so you must be aware.
When making the move to stand on ice, you must look at the color of both the shoreline and the ice. If the ice looks clear, it is likely thick enough to hold your weight. If the ice looks cloudy, it has thawed and refroze already, and should be avoided at all costs. The term black ice refers to a thin layer of ice that has not yet froze into a solid form, and can be extremely deceiving.
If you will be around water, it is imperative that you take the necessary safety precautions. This means wearing warm clothing, a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), and carrying an ice pick with you. This combination of preventative gear will allow you to conduct a self-rescue if necessary. Before stepping on dangerous grounds, be sure to tie off your PFD to a solid object on shore to act as a lifeline in the event of an emergency. Most importantly, remain aware of your surroundings at all times.
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