Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment suggests a number of safety tips for winter ice activities.
Iowa’s frozen rivers and lakes can provide an excellent setting for a number of recreational activities – but do you know how to avoid falling through the ice?
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
Every year there are ice related accidents in Iowa. Because of this, it is important to keep safety tips in mind when ice fishing and snowmobiling.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources recommends an ice thickness of at least 4 inches for an average adult, 5 inches for a snowmobile and 8 inches for an automobile. Ice thickness should be checked often as it can vary greatly even between nearby areas.
The DNR also recommends that winter recreationists carry ice picks, wear a life vest under their coat and avoid drinking alcohol – more than half of ice related accidents involve drinking.
For more ice safety tips, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.
I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.