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Indiana DNR offers ice safety tips

Monday, December 31, 2012 - 4:19 pm

With thousands of Hoosiers enjoying skating, ice fishing, hiking and other winter activities, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources offered tips for staying safe on the ice.

Conservation officers issued the following reminders for people standing or walking on frozen lakes and ponds:

- No ice is safe ice.

- At least 4 inches of ice is recommended for safe ice fishing, and 5 inches for snowmobiling.

- If you don’t know, don’t go.

- Wear life jackets or flotation coats.

- Carry ice hooks or rope gear.

At times, bodies of water can appear frozen solid but actually have areas of thin ice, the DNR said in a news release. Flowing water, such as rivers and streams, should be avoided even if covered with a layer of ice.

Every year, people drown after falling through ice, the release said. As a rule of thumb, the DNR said, everyone should behave as if they are “walking on thin ice.”