HOLDEN – The colder temperatures is freezing lakes all across the state. While it is nice for people looking to do some ice related activities like ice fishing, skating or even snowmobiling. Game wardens are saying, going in blindly could be dangerous.
“When you’re out working your way around the ice, it’s important to check as you go,” said Maine Game Warden, Shannon Fish.
Which means to physically check and see if the ice is safe to walk or drive on.
“With an ice auger or a chisel – something to break your way through the ice to see how thick it is,” said Fish.
Because it is still only the beginning of winter, people have to be cautious while doing ice related activities.
“Given any weather we have in Maine, it can change in 24 hours,” he said, “I’ve seen ice 6 inches thick and 24 hrs later, it’s open water.”
People are encouraged to identify the ice before walking on it.
“If you’re on ice that’s white and feels soft, it’s probably just that,” said Fish, “Very soft and not safe. The best kind of ice are the ones that look like glass – the really thick ones. It’s dark, dense and rugged. It will hold up a lot of weight.”
Sometimes, the best way to find out is just to ask others around you.
“Ice could be treacherous in all kind of different places,” he said.
People are encouraged to plan ahead while on the ice, carrying items such as an ice pick and life preserver can make all the difference in dangerous situations.