It's winter and that means cold and ice but that doesn't mean being trapped inside....many people get outdoors with activities such as pond hockey, ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, photography and more. All of these activities may have you crossing questionably safe frozen waters
Every year dozens of people die after falling through thin ice. Experts calculate that over half of "through the ice" deaths would be avoided if everyone had Ice Claws.
Ice Claws, also known as ice safety picks, ice picks, ice awls, bear claws, and ice gripers are sharp-ended handles that can be used to help pull oneself up out of icy water. Typically victims struggle to get out due to the cold, extra weight of water soaked clothes, and nothing to grab onto other than slippery ice. Ice Claws have been proven to greatly ease the situation.
Here's a recent report from NBC TV that explains the danger and how to use Ice Claws to get out of the icy water
Ice Claws are not very expensive, a pair can be had for less than $10. But with a little research I found it's very easy to make a set out of reclaimed and common materials for little or no money. I made my first pair in under 30 minutes with simple hand tools. I think this would make a great Scout program project or stocking stuffer for the outdoors-person on your list.
Let's get started!
Step 1: Parts and Tools Needed
Step 2: Make Two Ice Claw Handles with Spikes
Step 3: Finish Your Ice Claws
Now that you have two equal handles that mate into each other, you'll want to do a little finish work
Congratulations! Your new Ice Safety Claws are finished. I hope you never need to use them.
Whenever you are on the ice these should be on your person. Some folks wear them around their necks, some carry them in a convenient jacket pocket. and some thread them through their sleeves (if you do this you'll want to put cork on the sharp ends).
Thanks for checking out my Instructable! Good Luck on all your projects.