Time for ice sports?

January 4th, 2013 at 10:59 am by under Weather

Picture of the ice on the lake at Franke Park

Today during my morning break I took this picture of the ducks and geese surrounding the portion of Franke Park lake that doesn’t have ice on it. I also was thinking about a story that ran on our newscast this morning about two different incidents in the last three days where folks have fallen through the ice and fortunately they were rescued.┬áThe Fireman we interviewed said something I think we all have forgotten. “We always tell everyone, that no ice is safe ice, no matter how cold it is,” Captain Helmkamp said.

So with this in mind how can you stay safe on the ice?

How to stay safe on the ice. (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)

Some of tips to note from the DNR. Ice is an area of frozen water that can cover with up to one foot in some areas and an inch in other areas. It is suggested that you check the ice every 150 feet. The rivers are a constantly flowing body of water with a current. Be sure you know the current direction before you go out on the ice. If you plan on spending any time on the ice then there are some suggested tools you take with you.

An Ice Chisel

Ice Chisel (Department of Natural Resources)

An ice chisel has a metal blade and is a long rod. The end is sharp so you can jam it in the ice. After doing this take a tape measure out and measure the depth of the ice.

Ice Auger

Ice Auger (Department of Natural Resources)

An ice auger can be a gas driven device or mechanical one that you can crank. The function is the same as the ice chisel to drill into the ice and get a measurement of the ice thickness

You can also use a cordless drill for this function. The most important precaution is that you know the ice depth before you go out on it and remember that no ice is 100 percent safe.


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