Take Extra Precaution This Winter
Be aware of the risks from this winter’s freeze and thaw conditions
This winter has brought significant variances in temperature, resulting in freeze and thaw conditions. Regional Emergency Management wants to remind people to take extra precaution when walking/skating on ponds, rivers and lakes, or ice fishing. The extreme changes in temperatures have resulted in unexpected ice break-up and potential for large cracks in otherwise frozen lakes and ponds. If you or your family decide to take a walk in our local parks beware of slippery slopes around creek beds.
Local Conservation Authorities have advised moderate risk of ice break-up and flooding potential.
Know the dangers of ice:
The colour of ice may be an indication of its strength
- Clear blue ice is strongest
- White opaque or snow ice is half as strong as blue ice. Opaque ice is formed by wet snow freezing on the ice
- Grey ice is unsafe, indicating the presence of water
Did you know ice thickness should be:
- 15 cm for walking or skating alone
- 20 cm for skating parties or games
- 25 cm for snowmobiles
Remember to check with your local Conservation Authorities about ice conditions before venturing out onto any ice surfaces.