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Thin ice poses big dangers this time of year

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) ---- The warmer weather is raising safety concerns for those who like to spend time on the ice.  

Kevin Kappauf of the La Crosse Fire Department who is also a member of the La Crosse Dive Rescue Team said this is the time of year when they get a lot of calls on the ice.     

Kappauf said ice seldom freezes uniformly so what might appear to be a few inches of frozen water in some areas can be merely an inch in others.  "I feel the spring time is the most dangerous time of the year. In the fall, the ice is actually forming and that's your best ice.  And you can go out and walk on 3 or 4 inches of ice. But now,when it's melting, that 3 or 4 inches of ice can be just slush."

Kappauf says the best advice is to stay off the water. If you do go out, take some along as a precaution. He also suggests wearing a life preserver and taking ice picks with you to help pull yourself out of the water.

Click here for more information on ice safety from the Wisconsin DNR.

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