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Michigan DNR warns about safety of walking on ice

Laura Michels

Warmer temperatures mean people who ice fish need to think twice before they head out .


For those that do venture out, experts offer some tips to ensure they make it back safely.



The Department of Natural Resources says no ice is considered safe to walk on.


So, personal flotation devices are a must. It’s also a good idea to bring along a tow rope and an ice pic.


With the spring thaw, melting ice near the shoreline may be a warning.


“So, if you are seeing open water or you are breaking through some shore ice trying to get out, it's probably not a good idea to go at the point,” said Seth Rhodea, a conservation officer with the D.N.R.


As for ice shanties, if those fall through, owners can be hit with fines of up to $500 dollars  and jail time, according to the DNR.


If a person is in need of rescue, the United States Coast Guard will assist, but it won’t haul in equipment, said Rhodea.