According to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 4-6 inches of solid, bluish-black ice will support a small group of well dispersed people. Remember this saying when checking ice conditions: “Thick and blue, tried and true; Thin and crispy, way too risky”. Test the thickness of the ice by beginning at the shore and drilling small holes with an auger in several different spots.
Do you know how your insurance will respond to your ice house? Whether they are simple or elaborate, towed on a trailer or has its own wheels, it is important to understand how a loss to this structure would be handled on your policy and how to protect your liability. Check with an Avery Agent to make sure you’re properly covered. Please remember if you’re using an ice shelter with a heat source inside, make sure there is enough ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you’re planning on driving a vehicle onto the ice you should know the details of your auto policy. It’s recommended that the ice is 5-15 inches thick, depending on the size of the vehicle, and The Department of Natural Resources recommends parking cars and trucks at least 50 feet apart from each other and moving them every two hours. They also advise drilling a small hole next to the vehicle as a way to monitor sinking ice.
Prepare for your trip with a rope, first aid kit, and extra clothes, and avoid fishing alone.
If you are unsure of your insurance coverage, Call Avery today to find out more!