FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Contact: Howard Hillman, FSO-PA
303-503-1718 or firstname.lastname@example.org
THINK TWICE ABOUT ICE. IT'S UNPREDICTABLE.
It’s crucial to be prepared for emergencies on Colorado's ponds, lakes and reservoirs this autumn and winter if you're ice fishing, waterfowl hunting, skating or snowmobiling, according to the Denver flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Here are some safety tips:
Dress for the water. Hypothermia sets in quickly. Let a friend or relative know where you are headed and when you intend to return. Wear a Coast Guard-approved flotation device. Choose bright colors to be easily seen.
Pay attention to the weather forecast. Colorado winters can be unforgiving. Check ice conditions. Ice thickness is not consistent. Stay away from cracks, seams, pressure ridges, slushy areas and darker areas -- all evidence of thin ice.
Carry a cell phone or a marine VHF handheld radio. Wear a whistle to alert people to distress. Maintain situational awareness and consider packing a GPS device.
Remember this acronym: ICE. It stands for Information, Clothing, and Equipment.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the all-volunteer branch of the U.S. Coast Guard. The auxiliary, chartered by Congress in 1939, promotes water and boating safety and provides emergency services.