STATEWIDE – The Maine Warden Service urges people to be safe on the ice.
Because of the warmer temperatures, winter activities such as snowmobiling or ice fishing are a bigger risk right now, according to officials.
To avoid falling into the icy waters, Sgt. Alan Gillis of the warden service strongly recommends everyone to be aware of the ice where they’re standing.
“You want to know for yourself how much ice you have and the best way to find that out is to go out with a chisel or an auger and actually make a hole in the ice so that you can measure the thickness and know exactly how much ice you have and what kind of ice it is,” Gillis said.
Gillis also said many lakes and ponds only have a thin ice cover right now due to the weather so besides checking the ice, make sure to wear a life jacket and avoid areas with currents.