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DNR Reminds Hoosiers to Be Cautious on Ice

Indiana Conservation Officers want to remind everyone to use caution when venturing out on frozen lakes and ponds this winter. Even with the temperatures below freezing, that doesn't necessarily mean that the ice is safe for skating or fishing.
DNR officials say a minimum of four inches of ice should support the weight of a person.
January is one of the coldest months of the year. About this time, many Hoosiers are out fishing, skating and exploring outside.

Indiana Conservation Officers want to remind everyone to use caution when venturing out on frozen lakes and ponds this winter. Even with the temperatures below freezing, that doesn't necessarily mean that the ice is safe for skating or fishing.

The Department of Natural Resources recommends that fishermen never venture out on the ice alone and always wear a personal floatation device near the water. 

Before you venture out on the ice, drill a test hole near the shore. DNR officials say a minimum of four inches of ice should support the weight of a person, five inches is recommended to support a snowmobile, and eight to ten inches is recommended to support the weight of a car or truck. 

"If you go through the ice, that is a life or death emergency. Hypothermia can set in extremely quickly and that can affect your motor skills and your ability to rescue yourself. If you see someone else go in the ice, call 911 immediately," said Corporal Patrick Heidenreich with the Department of Natural Resources. 
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