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Safety reminders as some hit the ice for the first time this season

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Before you break out your tackle box and wet a line this winter, Eau Claire fire officials want you to make sure you have solid footing.

While there are some patches of ice beginning to form on Half Moon Lake in Eau Claire, there are also plenty of cracks, puddles and thin patches.

Experts say ice should be between four to five inches thick before you think about fishing, but Eau Claire Deputy Fire Chief Allyn Bertrang said no matter the ice depth it is important to take precautions.

“Be aware of the conditions. It’s recommended that people look for ice that’s clear instead of ice that has bubbles in it, or ice that’s covered in snow,” Bertrang said.

Bertrang recommends telling someone where you will be fishing. He also recommends wearing a life jacket. He said while ice rescues are not common, firefighters do go through training and the department has a special raft to pull people out of the water if they do fall in.

McKenna Alexander

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