One afternoon during the first winter we lived in our house, I happened to look out our bedroom window at my neighbor and his son. They had lived in the neighborhood for years and were about to walk along the creek that runs along our back yards. Dad wearing his snowshoes and son carrying his snowboard. It had been quite cold and the ice was solid…or so everyone thought. I watched as dad stayed on top and his son fell through up to his armpits. Everyone was fine and I will admit that, once he was safe, I did giggle at the resulting pandemonium. When it comes to ice safety, I’m far from an expert. There are a few tips I can pass along that I have picked up over the years.
- if you’re new to the area, ask the locals
- check the ice thickness yourself (you can’t always trust the locals)
- don’t assume the ice is safe – especially where the water is moving
7 cm (3 in) or less STAY OFF
10cm (4 in) ice fishing, walking, cross country skiing
12cm (5 in) one snowmobile or ATV
20-30cm (8-12 in) one car or small pickup
30-38cm (12-15 in) one medium truck (pickup or van)
Ice thickness source: https://www.adventuresmart.ca/water/icesafety.htm
Now…since we’re always on the subject of safety…I feel that I should send out the reminder that today is February 13th. We’re talking frozen creeks but you’ll be in hot water if you forget Valentines day.
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