(ONTARIO) – Members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are reminding the community of the dangers of thin ice.
With the colder weather among us the ice is beginning to form, but unstable conditions are still present on many lakes, rivers and waterways.
This week the Kenora OPP has responded to three calls for service of youths attempting to walk on thin ice.
Ice begins to be “safe” at around 4 – 6 inches thickness. Do not even walk on ice 3″ or less in thickness. However, even at a 9″ – 10″ thickness, there may be unforeseen hazards such as a flowing current underneath that is ceaselessly weakening the underside of the ice.
In this instance, even the thickness is not a good indicator of safety, as the ice could collapse at any time.
The OPP would like to remind citizens of the following:
In general, the rules for ice thickness measurements are:
3″ (7 cm) (new ice) – KEEP OFF
4″ (10 cm) – suitable for ice fishing, cross-country skiing and walking (approx. 200 pounds)
5″ (12 cm) – suitable for a single snowmobile or ATV (approx. 800 pounds)
8″ – 12″ (20 – 30 cm) – suitable for one car, group of people (approx. 1500 – 2000 pounds)
12″ – 15″ (30 – 38 cm) – suitable for a light pickup truck or a van
It is important to remember that these measurements do not indicate ice safety in every instance. It is imperative to follow safety practices when traveling on the ice at all times.
For these and more ice safety tips visit .www.opp.ca