CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard is warning the public to use caution on ice throughout the entire Great Lakes region.
They said that the current ice conditions on the Great Lakes are far below the seasonal average.
The combination of open water, unstable ice formation and areas of relatively weak ice may create hazardous conditions for recreational users.
The Coast Guard said to never assume the water is safe, even if others are on it and to stay away from shipping lanes.
If you do venture onto the ice, follow the ICE protocol. ICE stands for information, clothing and equipment.
Get the right information on weather and ice conditions before going out. Wear proper clothing to prevent hypothermia and choose bright colors that could easily be seen by others. Never venture out on the ice without proper equipment.