Carry Ice Rescue Tools
Store-bought or homemade, an ice rescue set is one of the most important tools around icey waters. The set allows you to drive in spikes as moveable handholds, which can be used to pull a person out of the hole in the ice. To make your own, get a hacksaw, drill, two ice picks with wooden handles (these float!), and 6 feet (2 m) of cord. Cut off half of the metal of each pick, at an angle, so that it is still pointed when you're done cutting. Drill a hole in each handle, tie the rope to each pick and carry this with you every trip onto the ice.