City Reminding Residents on the Dangers of Frozen Waters

This article, from January 18, is a reminder for residents to use caution around icy lakes, rivers and ponds in the area.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

With the cooler weather starting to freeze rivers, ponds, creeks and Princess Point, the City is issuing a reminder to would-be skaters that what looks frozen may not always be safe.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Frozen water can be unpredictable and with changing temperatures, roadway runoff, and freeze-thaw cycles, frozen surfaces can become unstable and dangerous. With that in mind, the City is reminding residents to keep away from frozen waterways unless it is posted safe to do so.

Falling into cold water can be life threatening and can cause hypothermia in only a matter of minutes.

Residents are encouraged to use extreme caution around frozen water and take advantage of outdoor skating opportunities at public rinks throughout the City.

Some Quick Facts from the City:

  • Ice is never 100 per cent safe.
  • Ice does not freeze in uniform thickness and is often thicker closer to shore.
  • Follow all posted instructions and never go out alone.
  • Avoid ice that has formed over flowing water, such as creeks and streams.
  • Avoid storm water management ponds – these areas collect roadway runoff that can include de-icing materials from snow clearing operations, melted water, and debris. Even if a pond appears to be frozen over, the melted water in the runoff can form channels under or through the ice, causing uneven thickness and a potentially dangerous ice surface.
  • Keep a close eye on your children and keep pets on a leash.
  • If someone falls in, do not go in after them. Call 911, try to reach them with something such as a pole, stick, rope, or hose.
  • If a pet falls through, do not go in after them. Call their name and encourage them to come to you. Animals can survive in cold water longer than humans can, and they are often able to get themselves out.
  • If you fall in yourself: stay calm, control your breathing, get your arms onto the ice shelf and call for help. Try to get out of the same area where you went in. Kick with your feet, crawl with your arms, and roll to safety once you get back onto the ice.

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our office here.

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