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No such thing as "safe" ice, only "safer" ice

Discussion in 'Indiana Outdoor News' started by Steve, Feb 11, 2007.

  1. Steve

    Steve Admin Mod

    [SIZE=-1] Frigid weather means ice, which means ice skating, ice fishing and other outdoor fun, but Indiana conservation officers warn that people should temper their excitement with caution before taking that first step onto any frozen waterway.
    A lack of ice safety knowledge can lead to tragedy.
    "There is no such thing as safe ice, but some ice is safer than other ice," said Mike Kellner, District 7 conservation officer.
    He said that 4 inches of new ice is a good place to start when judging whether ice is safe to walk on and that, generally, the thicker the ice, the stronger. But many other factors can reduce ice strength no matter how thick it is.
    Some of these conditions include warmer temperatures, snow on top of the ice that can insulate and cause the ice to weaken, and underground streams that cause warmer water to rise to the underside of the ice. Factors that may cause ice to crack include rain, water running beneath the ice, wind changes, weight distribution, and fluctuating water levels in flooded areas.
    With so many variables, individuals should learn to read ice conditions. Many different reliable resources exist, including outdoor sports magazines. Remember to tap the experience from more experienced outdoor people who have learned how to deal safely with ice. Often, even something as simple as wearing a lifejacket can provide both buoyancy and warmth in case of an accident. The dangers of hypothermia and drowning are always present when recreating on ice.
    Ice sports can be a wonderful way to spend a winter day as long as you are prepared but there is a risk. If you want to be 100 percent safe, stay off the ice.
  2. Thanks for the info Steve, but I dont think anyone on this site will abide by this rule.