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Ice Safety Reminder

Public Service Announcement

Post Date:11/23/2017

Whitehorse – It is that time of year when rivers and lakes are starting to freeze, creating dangerous conditions if proper safety precautions are not taken.

Fast moving rivers such as the Yukon River freeze at different rates and are even more unpredictable than lakes and ponds. We encourage citizens to stay off river ice and as an alternative, please choose the use of designated ice surfaces such as local community ice rinks. 

Snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross country skiing are some activities that will happen on the ice this winter. Ice thickness should be at least 10 centimeters (4 inches) to safely support one person, and more if vehicles are present. If your work or recreation activities take you out onto the ice this winter, wear a personal flotation device and take safety equipment with you. Do not go out onto the ice alone.

If you do find yourself in a dangerous situation involving ice, please remember:

  • Call 911 if you, another person or your pet needs assistance
  • Stay calm and shout for help
  • Have a long branch, rope or pole to reach someone, but do not become a victim
  • Keep low and distribute your weight as much as possible
  • Try to climb out at a different spot than where you fell in
  • Be prepared to start a fire to mitigate the effects of hypothermia

Parents are encouraged to speak to their children about the dangers of going out onto the ice. Always supervise children playing on or near ice and keep pets on a leash. 

Visit www.whitehorse.ca/fire for additional ice safety facts and tips.

For more information, contact A/Fire Chief Chris Green at 393-8421 or chris.green@whitehorse.ca  

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