By Sheriff Scott Henriod

WPCSO

If you live in Ely you know what cold weather is like. We prepare for those bitter winter nights when everything around us is freezing.

I hate to admit it, but some, including me look forward to this time of year. Mostly for the winter activities that we enjoy.

The other day I happened to be driving by one of our local lakes and seen a person out there ice fishing. I enjoy ice fishing, so I stopped and looked at the lake and was surprised that the person was out there, due to there was still open water.

I was concerned for his safety and stopped to speak to him. He assured me that he was fine and advised me that the fishing was great.

I advised him that in order for the ice to be safe to walk on or fish from it should be at least four inches thick. He advised me that it was only a couple of inches thick and proceeded to gather his gear and get off the ice.

After speaking with him about safety concerns he promised me he would wait until the ice was thicker to come back and try his luck at catching the big one.

Winter can be a fun time of year, but also a dangerous one. Hypothermia is one of the leading causes of death during winter and early spring months.

Make sure as you prepare to go out and do your winter activities that you tell someone where you’re going and when you will be home. Dress appropriately for those cold days and nights and always check to make sure things are safe before venturing out onto the ice or snow.

Enjoy this time of year and let’s have a safe winter