MARQUETTE — This time of the year, many people are out on the ice to enjoy many fun activities. Those out there need to be sure to stay safe.

The Marquette Fire Department is helping people stay safe on the ice by providing free Ice Rescue kits, thanks to a donation from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. The kits include Ice picks which can help pull oneself out of the ice if they fall in.

“We also have whistles available, as well as a brochure explaining all sorts of ice rescue tips and everything that you need to be prepared to go out there,” said Ben Gardner, a Firefighter and Paramedic with the Marquette Fire Department.

Again, kits are free, and they are available for pickup at the #1 fire station on Third Street in Marquette.