Be Smart and Be Safe When It Comes to Ice on Waterways

March 01, 2019

Ice Safety

Be Smart and Be Safe When It Comes to Ice on Waterways 

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula Fire Department would like to remind everyone that ice is never one hundred percent safe.  We would encourage everyone to be smart and be safe when it comes to ice on waterways by following these ten tips:

1.    Always ensure that children are supervised when playing on or near ice.

2.    Measure the thickness of the ice before venturing out and never go out onto  ice that is less than 4 inches thick.

3.    Notify someone when you are going out on ice and let them know when you have returned. Always use the buddy system so that someone can call for help if needed.

4.    Avoid ice shelves, they are not safe to walk or climb on, as you may easily fall through ice crevices and into the frigid waters where no one can hear your calls for help or get to you. 

5.    Avoid going out onto ice at night or when visibility is poor.

6.    Avoid going out on river ice or the narrows between lakes.

7.    Wear proper thermal protection and a buoyant suit or lifejacket.

8.    Take along safety equipment such as ice picks, rope, a whistle and fire starter kit.

9.    Do not consume alcohol or drugs before going out onto ice as they may impair. judgement and reaction time in emergency situations.

10.  Avoid driving on ice, but if you must have an escape plan.

Daniel Robinson
Director of Emergency Services,
Town of South Bruce Peninsula
519-534-1400 Ext 142

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