When you live on the lake, you will want to pay extra attention to whether the ice is safe before
you venture onto it. Take the following ice safety quiz to help prepare you and your family.
True or False? Large amounts of snow actually make the ice safer. The answer is false. Snow insulation
makes ice freeze slower. It also can add extra weight that the ice may not be able to support.
True or False? Ice freezes uniformly. The answer is false. Ice can vary in strength and thickness.
The amount of ice you have on one part of the lake may not be the same thickness 10 feet away.
True or False? If you fall through the ice, take off your heavy clothes. The answer is false. Heavy
clothes actually can insulate you and provide flotation if you fall through.
True or False? If you fall through the ice, do not swim toward the direction you fell in. The answer
is false. If you fall through, you should swim towards the direction you fell in, the ice is stronger there.
True or False? If you fall through the ice and manage to get back out, stand up and walk to the shore.
The answer is false. You should lay down, keeping your weight spread and roll away from the hole.
Ture or False? Ice that forms over flowing water is not as dangerous. The answer is false. Ice over
flowing water currents is actually more dangerous. So you need to be extra careful near bridges and streams.
True or False? It is February, so the ice is safe. The answer is false. The truth is the temperature
is the best indicator, not the calendar.
True or False? If my truck or car goes through the ice, it is better to wait till it sinks before getting
out. The answer is false. It is better to get out immediately.
True or False? Driving on the ice is just as safe at night as it is in the daytime. The answer is false.
Driving at night reduces visibility and you need to see if there are open holes ahead. Drive slower at night.
The fact is ice is never 100% safe. When you venture out this year, make sure you have a plan to help
you and your family survive an incident such as breaking through the ice.