January 18, 2006
On Thin Ice.
You know what they say about assumptions.
When it comes to ice and it’s ability to carry us as a load, our assumption is that our personal safety is not at risk. Now that’s a State Fair quality assumption!
The Minnesota Department of Resources sums up their attitude towards lake ice with this definitive statement, “There is no such thing as 100% safe ice”.
I was reminded of this issue the other day when I experienced in the first person an ice layer that was not as safe as assumed. Thankfully, no one got wet and no one got hurt. But there it was… a fresh breach in the assumed safe ice surface. A hole that was not there until after I made it. In the middle of the lake. On safe ice.