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Stay safe while viewing shelf ice

ALPENA, Mich. – The freezing temperatures have helped make a beautiful image of shelf ice along the state water lines.

While beautiful, many Michiganders and tourist who flock to take pictures and see the phenomenon up close need to make sure they’re staying safe while doing so.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recommends you stay off the ice, but offers several safety tips if you do choose to venture out onto the ice.

They ask that you be aware of your surroundings at all times. Ice thickness can vary greatly.

Also, never go out on the ice alone and without having a plan of what to do if you break through the ice.

Carry rope, ice picks and a flotation device that could help save your life or that of a companion.

Finally, call 911 immediately for help if you see someone fall through the ice. Electric companies are also alerting people of ice dangers.

Consumers Energy is asking outdoor enthusiasts to practice extreme caution when on or near ice surrounding its generating and hydroelectric plants.