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Published December 31, 2011, 06:23 PM

Ice Safety Tools

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Since the beginning of winter, ice on many lakes and rivers has been extremely dangerous.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Since the beginning of winter, ice on many lakes and rivers has been extremely dangerous.

Doug Leier, A North Dakota Game and Fish Expert says with all the uncertainty if ice is safe or not, there are things you can do to protect yourself.

Doug: “They make smart phones now that have the severe weather warnings if you are out there and the weather changes from a beautiful nice day to maybe blizzard conditions you can get that information on your smart phone.”

Along with the waterproof phone, there are other items you can get before heading out like Ice Picks and Ice Cleats.

Doug: “You can use to grasp on the ice, if you have ever tried holding on to ice with your bare hands, it is almost impossible.”

And ice cleats can keep you safe in more ways than one.

It is not just falling through the ice it is, these can prevent falling down and loosing consciousness by striking your head on the ice.

There's also an ice chisel that can help you check if the ice is think enough to go out on and two other things on the list, one of those is a float coat.

Doug: “Number one they are very warm, and number two, float coats are essentially like wearing a life jacket.”

And the other is a rescue way throw bag, that comes with nearly 72 feet of rope, Leire advises if someone does fall in for you to not go in after them and instead use this rope.

Even with the winter like weather we have been having, Leier says you still need to use the same precautions that you would if the weather was warmer.

Doug: “You go out on a lake or a slough, or reservoir now, the entire lake is going to look the same, a light white blanket of snow across it, really kind of masking what could be some real dangerous spots.”

Most of these items aren't too expensive, don't take up too much space and any inconvenience they may cause you to carry should be overruled because they just might save your life.

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