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Indiana Conservation Officers Offer Ice Safety Tips
Updated January 14, 2016 7:54 AM
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(UNDATED) - Indiana Conservation Officers want to remind the people of northwest Indiana of the potential hazards of frozen lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.

Although there is lots of fun to be had on the ice, it can be hazardous and must be respected. Every year Indiana Conservation Officers investigate drownings that occur after people through the ice.

The public's safety is our number one priority and we hope the following tips will help you stay safe while ice fishing, skating, or any other activity our frozen waterways have to offer:

  • No ice is safe ice.
  • A minimum of four inches of ice is recommended for ice fishing or skating.
  • A minimum of five inches of ice is recommended for ATVs and snowmobiles.
  • A minimum of eight inches of ice is recommended for cars and light trucks.
  • A minimum of ten inches of ice is recommended for medium trucks.
  • Always wear a life jacket or float coat and carry ice hooks.

Don't go on the ice alone and always let a trusted person know where you're going and when you intend to return. We also recommend to leave a note on the dash of your vehicle stating what you are doing and when you intend to return.

Flowing bodies of water that are frozen on the surface, such as rivers and streams should always be avoided. Underground springs, wind, waterfowl and other animals can also keep ice thin. Snow cover can insulate ice preventing it from getting thicker. The thickness of ice should be tested periodically by drilling.

If you witness someone fall through the ice call 9-1-1 immediately and keep the victim in sight until properly trained and equipped personnel arrive. A rescue of one person falling through the ice can quickly turn into a rescue or recovery of two people if an untrained or improperly equipped person falls through the ice attempting to rescue another person.

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