MADISON (WKOW) -- With people beginning to venture onto frozen waters, the Dane County Sheriff's Office is reminding citizens that ice can be very unpredictable and never considered completely safe.
For those who do go on the ice, proper safety equipment is essential. You should always have a life jacket or flotation suit and ice picks and rope are recommended. Anyone headed out on the ice should let another person know where you'll be and when you'll return.
DCSO also states extra caution should be used on ice near bridges and trestles, as structures conduct heat into the water and ice will be more dangerous near these areas. This is also true for areas where a current is running through the water.
Be careful around ice covered with snow. Sometimes snow serves as insulation, other times it has the opposite effect by insulating the surface from freezing.
When taking snowmobiles or ATV's on the water, they must be equipped with the proper flotation equipment.
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