DNR: Safety Reminders for Early Ice
The end of November signifies a time to be thankful, a time for shopping and, for outdoor enthusiast, a time to gear up for the ice fishing season. For fishermen and women who are considering venturing out onto early ice Lisa Dugan, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Recreation Safety Outreach Coordinator, says to take some precaution as ice conditions vary throughout the state (audio).
It is important to pack safety equipment when going out on the ice. Dugan recommends buoyant gear or a life jacket, a safety whistle, and ice pick (audio).
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, snowmobiles and ATVs accounted for 85 percent of ice related fatalities over the past five years (audio).
If you do see someone in need of help on the ice Dugan says to call 911 first. It’s important to not put yourself at risk but there are a few things you can do to help (audio).
Dugan also notes that families should discuss the dangers of early ice with their children (audio).
More information about early ice safety can be found online dnr.mn.state.us.