Cold Weather Safety Tips

As temperatures outside get colder and water temperatures drop, the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station is reminding residents of cold water safety facts to remember:

– Significant risk of immersion hypothermia usually begins in water colder than 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

– Always check and monitor the marine weather forecast before any trip out on the lakes. Lake-effect snow, high winds, and dropping temperatures are good reasons to re-evaluate an outing.

– Alcohol reduces the body’s ability to fend off the cold.

– Invest in a Personal Locator Beacon in addition to a hand-held VHF-FM marine radio, to alert the Coast Guard and local safety agencies of potential distress.