January 22, 2021
Ice fishing is quickly growing in popularity. It is rewarding (at least on a good day), but it is an extreme activity. There are risks of ice fishing that every angler should be aware of before stepping out onto the ice. Being armed with the right knowledge and equipment can help keep you safe while you enjoy ice fishing.
The biggest fear of every ice fisherman has is falling through the ice. You likely know that new ice is safer than old ice and that ice should be at least 4 inches thick before you step out on it. However, even if the ice appears safe, things like currents and schools of fish can cause it to weaken and break.
In addition to the ice breaking, there's the risk of accidentally falling into a hole in the ice. Ice is slippery, and it's easy to slip and fall. This can result in injuries if you land on the ice, but it can also cause you to fall into the water.
There's also danger from changing weather conditions. Weather can change very quickly around bodies of water. A sharp drop in temperatures or a snowstorm can leave you unprepared for the brutal conditions.
The best way to prepare for safe ice fishing is to have the right equipment. You'll need a life vest, an ice pick, and rope. If you fall into the water, the life vest will keep you afloat, and the ice pick and rope will help get you out of the water. There are also float suits that have been more recently developed, acting as a full-body floatation device. Once you get out of the water, you may need medical attention. You'll need a cell phone to call for help.
Precipitation from a snowstorm or extreme cold temperatures can also make your phone inoperable. If you are in a life threatening situation, a working phone might literally be your lifeline. The unexpected happens, so you should prepare for it to the best of your ability before it happens.
The most obvious risk to your phone is it falling into the water. If you don't have a floating waterproof case for your cell phone, it will ruin your phone. If you have water protection but drop your phone in the water and sinks, your phone is gone. You won't be able to withstand diving into the freezing water to retrieve it.
The cold is another risk to your phone. The biggest problem with the cold is your battery. At 32 degrees, you can expect to lose 20% of your battery power. As temperatures drop lower, your phone can lose its charge completely. It may even show that it has a charge and then power off without warning because it's lost its power.
Your LCD screen can also become inoperable or permanently damaged in frigid temperatures. Small cracks or chips can become bigger, and the glass becomes brittle and much easier to crack. The chemicals in the cell phones LCD screen can freeze, which will stop the phone screen from functioning.
The ugo™ waterproof phone pouch has an i68 rating, which means it can withstand being submerged at least one and a half meters for thirty minutes. There are stories of phones being lost in the ocean and found months later still fully functional with a ugo™ case. In addition to being waterproof, the ugo™ 2.0 phone case will keep your device floating on top of the water. The specialized uZIP™ zipper is watertight and airtight. The air inside the case allows it to float, so you can easily retrieve your phone if it falls into the water.
It also protects from getting too cold while ice fishing. Falling into the water is rare, but when you go ice fishing, your phone will be exposed to bitter cold temperatures and runs of the risk of being dropped down the ice fishing hole. The ugo™ 2.0 phone pouch has a layer of insulation to provide warmth. The air that keeps it floating in the water also provides insulation. Keeping your phone warm should be at the top of your safety list because you will need it if you have any type of emergency.
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