Use Extreme Caution on Ice
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Ice Safety Chart
Crossing ponds or lakes (water body) there are 2 periods to avoid when accidents are likely to occur. Early in the season when slush ice doesn't freeze together or late in the season when the ice melts at an uneven rate. Look for bluish ice that is at least 4 to 6 inches thick. Dark snow and dark ice are other signs of weak spots.
(In Inches) Maximum Safe Load
4 One person on foot
6 Group in single file
7 1/2 Cars - two tons gross (weight) snowmobiles
8 - 12 Light Truck (2 1/2 tons)
12 - 15 Medium Truck
If you fall through...don't panic. Spread arms and hands out on the unbroken ice and kick your feet and work forward. Once you're on the ice roll forward away from the hole.
Tips for staying safe on the ice include:
Ice safety should be paramount for anyone recreating on New Hampshire’s lakes and ponds. Don't assume ice is safe just because it's there.
Chart was prepared by Department of Natural Resources, gives general ice thickness & weights loads. For early winter slush ice or late season, the thickness should be doubled.
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