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Ice Safety Tips for enjoying Michigan lakes this winter

 

 

    Brownington Pond in Brownington Vermont

 

 

My sister in Vermont reminded me today about being careful on the ice. She lives with and takes care of our dad on a small pond in Vermont. A couple of teenagers were out fishing on the pond and fell through the ice. Berrien County has a lot of lakes for ice fishing, snowmobiling and ice skating.  I thought that it might be a good idea to touch on some ice safety info.

 

When ice fishing or snowmobiling on frozen water you should have 2 ice picks or they are sometimes called ice claws with you at all times. Ice varies from area to area on lakes and ponds. It is never the same thickness. Temperature, underwater springs and water currents can affect the thickness and stability of the ice. Stay off the ice if it is covered in snow or slush on top. Snow on top of the ice insulates the ice and slows its freezing.  If there is slush it means that the ice is no longer freezing from the bottom. It is never a good idea to take a car or truck out on the ice. If you are headed out on the ice with a group remember to spread out and avoid standing all in one area. The DNR suggests that you wear a life jacket, brightly colored clothing and carry a cell phone when out on the ice. Always tell someone when you are out on the ice.

 

The DNR has come up with tips about how to handle falling through the ice.

  • Try to remain calm

  • DO NOT remove your heavy clothing. It traps air to provide both warmth and buoyancy. Always head back the way you came. This is the thickest ice.

  • Stick your ice picks in the ice and kick your feet while sliding across the ice.

  • Always roll away from the thin ice.

  • Call 911 and get to a shelter as soon as possible.

  • Never drink alcohol or caffeine after falling in the water.

Please send this blog to anyone you know that may play out on the ice. As always I if you need my help with any real estate issues just call or text me 269-208-4750 contact



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