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Ice safety 

Never go out onto the ice alone.

Always have safety spikes and other safety equipment with you on the ice.

Always test the ice with an ice-pick if you are unsure.

Never go out onto the ice if you are unsure whether it will hold. The ice must be at least 10cm thick.

Remember that new ice, spring ice, snow-covered ice and sea ice can be weak.

Learn where the ice is at its weakest: reeds, channels, jetties, bridges, headlands, drains, outlets, inlets, sounds, shallows and water-holes.

Always have something between yourself and the person in distress: 'the extended arm'.

Never leave children alone close to or on the ice.

Always let people know where you are going and when you expect to return.

The faster you go, the further out you will end up on the weak ice before it breaks and therefore the harder it will be to save you.

 

Skills

It is important to know about the different kinds of ice and their resistance.

Ice does not look the same everywhere.

Find out about the ice's weak points.

This is a skill you should read about and discuss with people who have more experience of ice.

 

Equipment

It is important to have the right equipment for going out onto the ice.

Here are some of the things you need to take with you: safety spikes, ice-pick, lifeline and flotation device.

 

Company

You must always have at least one accompanying adult when going out onto the ice (with a lifeline). Getting out of the hole in the ice using only safety spikes is not guaranteed.

Test your ice safety…

 

You must have safety equipment to keep safe on the ice:

-safety spikes

-ice-pick

-lifeline

-flotation device