Tips for Safe Winter Activities

As winter is now officially underway, many residents around the state will enjoy outdoor activities like skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and more. The Michigan DNR has some tips on staying safe this winter, no matter what you enjoy.

Wear light layers that can easily be added or removed. It’s possible to overheat even during the winter. Carry the appropriate equipment for your activity, such as a flashlight, rope, ice picks or ice claws. Have spare equipment available in case something breaks. Stay hydrated and fueled by bringing water and snacks. Recreate with a buddy. Inform others about where you will be and how long you plan to be gone and schedule check-in times. Carry a two-way communication device that receives service in remote areas. And be mindful of your health, if you’re not feeling well, don’t go out.

For more safety tips on specific recreational activities, visit