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Be safe on the ice

Post Date:12/22/2016 8:56 AM

Ice fishing and other wintertime activities are popular in Lac La Biche County, but it's very important for community members and visitors to keep ice safety in mind.

Ice thickness is not uniform across a body of water. Multiple factors can impact it, including water depth, currents and air temperature.

If you are unsure about ice conditions, the safest thing to do is to stay off the ice completely.

Ice quality is something else to consider. The ice may be thick, but is it strong? Clear blue ice is generally strong. Ice that is white or grey should be avoided.

Even if the ice looks safe, you should refrain from walking on it if it's less than 15 centimetres (six inches) thick, and it needs to be much thicker than that to support the weight of a vehicle. Remember that no ice should ever be considered risk-free.

 The Canadian Red Cross' website has more information on ice safety.