How to protect yourself and others?
- When you go on ice it is advisable to first seek information about ice conditions.Information concerning transboundary water bodies can be found on the website of the Police and Border Guard Board (go to the Useful Information section on the home page, and then select the subsection Traffic at Sea and in Transboundary Water Bodies), or by calling the border guard station or the service unit. Information concerning ice roads can be found on the website of the Road Administration (go to the section Road on the home page, and then select Road Information -> Ice Roads).
When on ice make sure that ice is strong enough to support a human, and avoid areas where the ice layer could be weaker. When ice breaks and you fall in, use ice picks to pull yourself back onto a strong patch of ice. The ice picks should be carried around the neck on the chest.
When you go on a water body it is advisable to put a charged mobile phone into a watertight wrapper.
If possible, wear floating garments, specially designed for fishermen, and special footwear with ice cleats.
Always tell others in advance about where you are going, and when you are planning to come back.