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Kalamazoo County Sheriffs Department warns residents about thin ice

A person ice fishing.
A person ice fishing.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Authorities in west Michigan are warning residents about the dangers of going out on the ice as the weather begins to warm up. Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller says that people need to know that it is probably too dangerous right now to try to take a vehicle out on the ice. Fuller also says that there are a few rules of thumb that one can follow to tell if the ice is sturdy enough to go out on.

"The wind or the air temperatures themselves will change the ice thickness," Fuller told WKZO. "You want at least four inches thick to be out there walking around for ice fishing. Then it goes up in increments, five inches for snowmobiles, and you want at leats eight inches for a small vehicle."

Fuller says that many people get too confident about the ice once spring comes around because they're used to going out on it. This is about the time when they should stop.