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5 Things To Determine Whether Ice Is Safe

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Traction On Ice

The icy weather has arrived, and there are a lot of people who want to get out on the trails and see what winter looks like. However, you should be careful when walking on ice because it can be dangerous. Many people believe that only wearing shoe spikes for snow is enough.

There are some things that you should consider before going out onto any type of frozen surface:

Is The Ice White?

White ice is the most desirable color when making a safe decision about walking on ice. White ice means that the water below has been frozen for a long time, creating a thick layer of solid ice. It also means that there was little or no snow on top of that ice, as this would have melted through it and made it appear darker in color.

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Check The Color.

Ice is white, not blue. Ice that looks like it’s glistening and bluish in color is not safe to use for rafting or other water activities. You may think the color means it’s clean and clear of bacteria, but that’s not true. Blue ice melts faster than clear ice which makes it easier for bacteria to grow in the water beneath.

Algal blooms are another sign that the ice may not be safe. Algae can appear in colors, including green, brown, and red. They can grow in a wide range of shapes and sizes, so it’s essential to check carefully for any signs of algae when you’re looking at the ice to cross. When checking for algae, look on both sides of the river or stream where you want to cross—algae often grows on one side more than another.

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Does The Ice Sound Hollow Or Crunchy When You Step On It?

While you’re on the ice, listen to see if there is any cracking. If so, that’s a sign of weakness in the ice and you should get off it quickly. Cracking can happen for various reasons—it could be caused by shifting from temperature fluctuations or from windy conditions on top of the water—but it’s always a good idea to avoid walking over cracking areas because they might not be as strong as other parts of the lake.

In summary, if you see any of the signs above, you should avoid walking on the ice even with the shoe spikes for snow. If there is any doubt in your mind about the safety of a spot, it is always better to err on the side of caution and stay away from it. As long as you follow these five tips when assessing ice safety, hopefully, no one will suffer an injury due to a slip-and-fall accident this winter!

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