ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- This week's warmer temperatures put those brave enough to venture out onto the ice at increased risk.
Onalaska Fire Chief Don Dominick said ice is never guaranteed to be safe at any thickness, but ice thinner than four inches should definitely be avoided.
The Chief said it's advisable to carry metal spikes, or an ice pick, that you can use to hoist yourself out of the water in the event that you fall in.
"The odds of survival obviously increase greatly the quicker you can get out of the water," Chief Dominick said.
"Immediately when you get into icy conditions, you take a big gasp because it's so cold," he said. "That immediately makes your muscles want to tense up."
Chief Dominick also said it's not advisable to venture out onto the ice alone. If you decide to take the risk, you should let someone know where you're going and how soon you expect to be back.
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