NH FISH AND GAME WARNS OF UNSAFE ICE

by Christian Mower on December 30, 2011

NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICERS SAY THEY’RE GETTING REPORTS OF UNSAFE ICE AROUND THE STATE.

COL. MARTIN GARABEDIAN – THE CHIEF OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION – SAYS SOME SMALL PONDS AND SMALL LAKES ARE FROZEN OVER BUT CONDITIONS ARE NOT SAFE IN MOST PARTS OF THE STATE BECAUSE OF RECENT WARM WEATHER, RAIN AND WIND.

GARABEDIAN RECOMMENDS YOU USE AN ICE CHISEL OR AUGUR TO CHECK THE THICKNESS AND CONDITION OF ICE BEFORE GOING OUT ON IT. HE CAUTIONS ICE CAN BE THICK BUT NOT STRONG BECAUSE OF VARYING WEATHER CONDITIONS – AND HE WARNS TO BE ESPECIALLY CAREFUL AROUND AREAS SUCH AS INLETS, OUTLETS AND SPRING HOLES, WHERE THE ICE CAN BE DANGEROUSLY THIN.

GARABEDIAN CITES STANDARDS FROM A U.S. ARMY LABORATORY THAT THERE SHOULD BE A MINIMUM OF SIX INCHES OF HARD ICE BEFORE WALKING ON IT AND 8-10 INCHES OF HARD ICE BEFORE TRAVELING ON IT USING A SNOW MACHINE OR ATV.

TIPS ON STAYING SAFE WHILE ON THE ICE AND WHAT TO DO IF YOU DO FALL THROUGH IT CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT www.wildnh.com.