MADISON (WKOW) -- These frigid temps have many things freezing, from your feet to area lakes. But the City of Madison Fire Department is reminding people the ice may not be safe to walk on yet.
Fire officials say the ice should be at least 4 or 6 inches thick before someone can walk on it. Even if the weather has been below freezing for several days, don't guess about ice thickness.
In preparation for winter weather, the Department's Lake Rescue team is transitioning to its cold-weather equipment, including insulated wetsuits and an ARGO amphibious all-terrain vehicle.
Parents in particular should warn children to stay off of the ice, but the following safety tips from the Madison Fire Dept. apply to all ages: