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Ice safety tips as Spring approaches

The Greater Sudbury Police Service would like to remind members of the community accessing frozen waterways, that it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure there is sufficient quality ice to support the weight being applied (persons with and without
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The Greater Sudbury Police Service would like to remind members of the community accessing frozen waterways, that it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure there is sufficient quality ice to support the weight being applied (persons with and without vehicles). Supplied photo
The Greater Sudbury Police Service would like to remind members of the community accessing frozen waterways, that it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure there is sufficient quality ice to support the weight being applied (persons with and without vehicles).

With the increased warm weather, is it highly recommended to avoid all waterways.

Other than the temperature, there are a number of factors that have to be considered when trying to determine if the ice you are going out on is safe. Some of these factors include: the depth and the current of the water in the lake or river as well as the amount of snow which may insulate / affect the quality of the ice.

Testing the thickness of the ice at different locations and speaking with local residents who are very familiar with a particular waterway are strongly recommended.

The following tips may assist in preventing tragedy:

  • It is critical to evaluate the ice quality and type before travelling 
  • Sufficient clear hard new ice is the only kind of ice recommended for travel 

Avoid:
  • Slushy ice 
  • Ice on/near moving water 
  • Ice that has thawed and refrozen 
  • Layered or ‘rotten’ ice caused by sudden temperature changes

Other risk factors that weaken ice are:
  • Snow on ice that acts as a blanket to prevent hardening 
  • Pressure ridges due to wind, current or ice pressure



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