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Experts say you should take precautions before heading out on frozen rivers

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When the rivers and lakes are frozen over, many people like to go out on the ice to go four wheeling or ice fishing. But officials say you should take caution.  

Experts say you should measure how thick the ice is before heading out.  If it's at least three inches thick, it's safe to walk on for ice fishing and it should be at least six inches to ride four wheelers on.

Officials recommend tying large nails together with rope to to use in case you fall through the ice.

"Just common large nails allow you when you go through the water to reach out on the ice and pull yourself back out," Glenn Sanders of the Volunteer Emergency Corp said. "It's very difficult to get out of the water back on the ice once you've gone through."

Sanders said it's also a good idea to have a floatation coat that will keep you afloat and keep your body temperature up in the freezing water.


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