February 26, 2009
Contact: Elise Schaffer, PIO
Phone: (608) 284-6142
The Dane County Sheriff’s Office Marine and Trail Enforcement want to remind the public of potentially dangerous ice conditions on area lakes and waterways. Spring is on the way, and with the warmer temperatures and rain, the lake ice will begin to deteriorate quickly. Please remember these safety tips if you are planning one more trip out on the ice.
· Use caution near bridges and trestles, as the structures conduct heat into the water and ice near these areas will be more dangerous. This is also true for areas where there is a current running through the water.
· Be watchful when traveling on the ice at night. Reduced visibility increases your chances of driving into open water or on weak ice. This is a frequent cause of ATV and snowmobile related crashes.
· Use the buddy system. A friend may be able to rescue you or go for help if you get into difficulty. Before you leave home tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return.
· Always wear a float suit or a lifejacket. Wearing a personal flotation device increases your chance of survival if you go through the ice.
· Take safety equipment with you. Ice picks, rope and a cell phone can make a big difference.
· Avoid alcohol. Alcohol impairs your judgment, coordination and reaction time and speeds up hypothermia.