If you’re planning to hit the ice over the New Year holiday the DNR has this reminder:

“Do you have the safety equipment to get out of a bad situation should you fall through the ice unexpectedly and really those include just small pieces of safety equipment that can be the difference between making sure you get home at the end of the day.”

Lisa Dugan recommends wearing a life jacket, equipping yourself with ice picks and a whistle to alarm others you need help. Also, keep in mind ice should be at least four inches thick to walk on and up to seven inches thick to ride on with a snowmobile or ATV.