Members of the Kenora OPP are once again reminding community members of the dangers of thin ice, after a potentially life-threatening situation earlier today.
On November 25, the OPP received numerous complaints of multiple youths at Garrow Park playing on the thin ice. Police attended and spoke to a number of youth, warning them of the risks.
With the weather getting colder and lakes freezing over, the OPP is asking parents to speak to their children about the dangers of thin ice.
The OPP would like to remind people of the following:
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.
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
People should always remember that these measurements do not indicate ice safety in every instance. It is always important to follow safety practices when travelling on the ice including:
- Tell someone your travel plans, route and estimated time of return
- Wear proper gear such as a floater coat and carry survival equipment
- If you don't know, DON'T GO!