Dangerous ice conditions, Coast Guard warns people in Ohio

Dangerous ice conditions, Coast Guard warns people in Ohio

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Coast Guard is warning people of possible dangerous ice conditions in Ohio and Michigan.

Officials said there is a potential chance of unstable ice conditions because of the possibility of warmer temperatures mixed with rain and fog over the weekend.

Walking out on the ice is dangerous during increases in the temperature.

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"We want to see these warnings taken seriously," said Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, Cmdr. Rob Berry. "If you are going out on the ice, preparation is paramount. If you aren't thinking about safety for yourself, think about it for your loved ones."

The Coast Guard wants to remind sport enthusiasts:

  • Check the forecast and understand local ice conditions before going out
  • Tell a family or friends exactly where you are going and when you will be back
  • Dress for the water temperature and wear a life jacket in cause you fall in
  • Wear bright and reflective clothing to help rescuers in finding you
  • Bring distress signals 
    • Flares
    • Whistles
    • Compass
    • GPS
    • Personal locator beacon
  • Take a marine VHF radio or cell phone with extra batteries
  • Bring ice picks or screw drivers to pull yourself out of the water and onto the ice in a worst case scenario.

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