There is so much to do in the winter here in the Capital Region and beyond. Most of the activities are outdoors, and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is warning to be careful of where you are doing your outdoor activities this winter. We are fortunate to be able to do a ton of activities outdoors in this area during the winter. Everything from snowmobiling, ice fishing, ice skating, hockey, skiing, and more. So far, the winter hasn't been extremely cold and the DEC wants you to be cautious.

According to News Channel 13, the ice on ponds and lakes need to be at least four inches thick so that skating, ice fishing and foot traffic on the surface is safe. If you snowmobile or ride an ATV across, the ice needs to be eight to twelve inches thick.

You are also encouraged by the DEC to test the ice by using tools like a cordless drill, measuring tape and an ice auger. This way you can be sure of its thickness. You should always carry a rope or an ice pick in case of an emergency. Plus you should never travel alone.

The DEC is also saying to be extra cautious until we get that first deep freeze.

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