10 Ice Fishing Safety Tips

Ice is never 100% safe: If you do venture onto the ice, remember:

1. Check the weather and avoid ice-related activities on mild or stormy days.

2. Check ice conditions with knowledgeable local individuals (e.g. city staff, police, snowmobile clubs, etc.). Obey all ice warning signs.

3. Avoid machine travel on ice whenever possible. 

4. Keep away from unfamiliar paths or unknown ice, and avoid traveling on the ice at night.

5. Never go onto the ice alone. A buddy may be able to rescue you or go for help if you get into difficulty.

6. Before you leave the shore, inform someone of your destination and expected time of return.

7. A thermal protection buoyant suit will increase your chances of survival if you do go through the ice. If you do not have one, wear a lifejacket/personal flotation device (PFD) over an ordinary snowmobile suit or layered winter clothing.

8. Assemble a small personal safety kit, no larger than the size of a man’s wallet, to carry on your person. The kit should include a lighter, waterproof matches, or magnesium fire starter, pocketknife, compass, and whistle.

9. In addition to the above safety equipment, you should also carry ice picks, an ice staff, and rope. A cellular phone could also help save your life.

10. Insist that children, if they do play on the ice, are always under adult supervision. Children not within arm’s reach have ventured too far.

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