Frozen Lake Safety Tips - Personal Injury Legal Blogs Posted by Michael John Tario - Lawyers.com

A frozen lake can be a great outdoor skating or hockey rink,
snowmobiling surface, ice fishing spot or just a beautiful place for a walk. It
is really important to understand, however, that there is no way to know for
sure that the lake is frozen enough all the way around. A snow dusting on top
of the ice can add to the illusion that the lake has frozen deeply. Most people
evaluate the safety of
frozen ice
by gauging ice thickness, the daily temperature, water depth
under the ice, and snow cover. The safety of frozen ice is also dependant on
water depth under the ice, the size of the water and water chemistry, currents,
and distribution of the load on the ice.

Frozen Lake Safety
Tips

?? Avoid traveling on a frozen lake early or late
in the season as the ice is more likely to be thin.

?? Drive or ride slowly so that you don’t get
“ahead of your headlights” and fall through a hole before you even see it.

?? Never travel on a frozen lake in the dark, in a
snow storm, or while you are impaired as you are more likely to miss an open
spot on the lake or crash into an obstacle.

?? Do not walk out onto a frozen lake unless there is
at least four inches of clear, solid ice; this will provide a margin of safety
in case the ice is slightly thinner in other parts.

?? Do not ride a snowmobile or ATV onto a frozen
lake unless there are at least five inches of clear, solid ice.

?? Do not ride a car or light truck onto a frozen
lake unless there are at least 8-12 inches of clear, solid ice. Also, do not
linger in one spot as it weakens the ice; do not park near cracks, and watch
out for pressure ridges or ice heaves. It is really not advisable to ride in a
vehicle on a frozen lake due to its weight.

?? Always go out on the ice with a buddy and let
others know where you will be in case of an accident.

?? Leave a safe distance between you and your buddy
while walking out onto the ice. This can help to avoid ice cracking under the
weight of two people and also allows for your buddy to help you if you fall
through the ice.

?? Contact a local resort or bait shop for their
assessment of the safety of the frozen lake and areas to avoid.

?? Wear a life vest while walking or riding on a
frozen lake; they can help you float if you fall through the ice and provide
insulation from the cold. Exception: do not wear a life vest if you are inside
an enclosed vehicle as they can make escape from the vehicle more difficult.

?? Carry useful tools with you such as homemade ice
picks or a pair of wooden handled screwdrivers tied together with a few yards
of strong cord that can be used to pull yourself up and onto the ice if you
fall in. (The wood handles will make the screwdrivers float).

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There is no way to know for
sure that the lake is frozen enough all the way around. A snow dusting on top
of the ice can add to the illusion that the lake has frozen deeply. Most people
evaluate the rel=”nofollow” >safety of
frozen ice by gauging ice thickness, the daily temperature, water depth
under the ice, and snow cover. The safety of frozen ice is also dependant on
water depth under the ice, the size of the water and water chemistry, currents,
and distribution of the load on the ice.

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