On February 22, 2016 at 1:33 p.m., the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a complaint of youth playing on the ice. OPP wants to ensure the public practices proper ice safety. Area residents and students must take caution regarding thin ice conditions on the Blind River waterway near and between Causley Street and Hudson Street bridges. Tragically, every year many Canadians die in ice related incidents.
At least 10 centimetres (4inches) of clear blue ice is required for walking on, 20 centimetres (8inches) for snowmobiles and 30 centimetres (12 inches) minimum is needed for most light vehicles. Double these amounts if the ice is white or opaque. Ice safety and weight-bearing properties of ice can be affected by many factors, including thickness, currents, age of ice, pressure cracks and snow cover. Ice does not freeze at uniform thickness across bodies of water. Thickness should be checked regularly as you move further out onto the ice.
The strongest ice is clear blue in colour. White or opaque ice is much weaker. A layer of heavy snow on a frozen lake or river can insulate the ice below and slow down freezing. Travelling on ice with snowmobiles or vehicles can be potentially very dangerous and added precautions must be taken. Avoid slushy ice, untracked ice, or ice near moving water or dock bubblers.
The OPP are reminding the public and snowmobilers to take personal responsibility for your own safety and well-being this winter. You can go online at www.ofsc.on.ca to check status of trails or visit www.redcross.ca and become knowledgeable of ice safety and knowing the dangers of ice.