Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Be ice-safe near Calgary waterways this winter

Sunny winter days are great for a walk along Calgary’s many pathways, but remember to stay safe when these paths take you past the shores and banks of our rivers, reservoir, storm ponds and community lakes.

Calgary is known for its unpredictable weather as well as extreme and quick temperature changes, which sometimes happen all in one day. These conditions create unstable and unsafe ice conditions on or near our city’s many waterways.

“Stay off the ice unless it’s a City or community-designated skating rink. It’s best to keep a safe distance from ice-covered ponds, lagoons, lakes, rivers or the reservoir,” says Public Information Officer Carol Henke of the Calgary Fire Department.

Here are more safety tips to keep in mind this winter when near Calgary waterways:

  • Always keep a safe distance from riverbanks and lakeshores to avoid accidentally falling through the ice.
  • Don't walk on ice-covered bodies of water, including storm ponds. It's difficult to assess the thickness of the ice and its ability to hold the weight of a person or animal.
  • If a person or animal falls through ice into water, call 9-1-1. Do not attempt to rescue. Encourage the victim to kick and pull up onto the ice and roll, rather than walk toward shore.  

More information on ice safety.

Submitted by Bridget Cox, Calgary Fire Department

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