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minimum ice thickness
Visit the MN DNR webpage (new window) for ice safety tips and to see a chart showing recommended minimum ice thickness.

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What to do if you fall through the ice:


We've come across 3 dramatic videos:

Cold Water Survival -- Strategies for survival if you fall through ice (Windows Media Player stream)

You’re Out, Now What? How to survive a night in the forest after losing your snowmobile through the ice (4.2 MB Real Media download)

Getting That Sinking Feeling - The importance of proper outerwear to keep you afloat and alive when snowmobiling (3.8 MB Real Media download)

(Videos will open and play in new windows; You'll need Windows Media Player to view clip1 and Real Player to view clips 2 and 3.) These videos may be used for educational purposes only and may not be sold or rented.

Clips courtesy: Discovery Channel Canada

Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht operates the Laboratory for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at the University of Manitoba Winnipeg where he studies human responses to exercise/work in extreme environments. He acted as a Cold Weather Columnist for the Discovery Channel Canada.

You can visit Dr. Giesbrecht's webpage to learn more.

Read the article about Dr. Giesbrecht in Outside Magazine, January 2003: "Meet Prof. Popsicle"