November 13th, 2018
Fort McMurray, Alberta- Now that winter is here to stay, RCMP would like to remind the public that ice this time of year is not safe to be on. While some bodies of water may appear frozen, they are not capable of supporting the weight required for activities popular in our region. Parents are encouraged to speak with their children about ice safety and ensure they are properly supervised during their activities.
Many factors affect ice thickness; including the water level, debris and size of the body of water. The color of ice can also indicate its strength. Clear blue ice is the strongest, while grey ice is usually unsafe. The grayness indicates the presence of water. The temperature must be well below freezing for several weeks in order for the ice to freeze to the right thickness. Below is the minimum required thickness for on ice activities.
• 15 cm for walking or skating alone
• 20 cm for skating parties or games
• 25 cm for snowmobiles
The RCMP is requesting anyone who observes dangerous situations around bodies of water to contact them at 780-788-4040 or 911 if it is an emergency.
Constable Justin Robertson