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Think Twice Before You Step on Ice!

November 26, 2020

High River – Did you know that factors such as chemicals or salt in the water can determine ice thickness?

As the cold weather begins to set in, the High River Fire Department would like to remind residents to stay safe on ice this winter. With there being many bodies of water in High River to enjoy winter activities such as skating and fishing, it is important to be educated on ice safety and know what to do in case of emergency.

Many factors can affect ice thickness including heat and cooling cycles as well as fluctuating water levels. Currents, water depth, location and changing air temperature are also factors that impact the safety and thickness of ice. The color of ice may be an indicator of its strength, with clear, blue ice being the strongest. It is best to stay off opaque or grey ice as this indicates wet snow on top or the presence of water underneath.

If you or someone else should fall through ice, stay calm and call 911. It is important to try and get out of the water as quickly and safely as possible and nobody else should step on the ice after it has broken through.

The best rule to follow is that no ice is safe ice and to stay off moving water bodies, such as rivers. As the weather continues to warm and cool, pay close attention to ice thickness and be safe while enjoying winter activities. For safe winter skating, keep watching for outdoor rinks opening around town!

 

For more information, please contact:

Cody Zebedee

Fire Chief, High River Fire Department

403-603-3478

czebedee@highriver.ca

 

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