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Thin ice likely; caution urged


Warning from fire officials is for people and pets alike: 'Stay off thin ice'
Warning from fire officials is for people and pets alike: 'Stay off thin ice'

Staff writers

December 29, 2012 — While sub-zero temperatures have returned and ponds and lakes are starting to freeze, police are cautioning children about playing on the ice.

On the Great Lakes, offshore winds can break off miles-wide pans of ice stranding large numbers of fishermen (File photo)
On the Great Lakes, offshore winds can break off miles-wide pans of ice stranding large numbers of fishermen (File photo)

Ice does not freeze at a uniform thickness across most lakes and rivers, particularly in the early winter when near-shore ice is often much thicker and safer than ice further out.

And ice that has formed over flowing water, springs, pressure cracks, old ice holes or around the mouths of rivers and streams can be weaker than surrounding ice.

Police say parents should be mindful that children and pets may venture out on frozen ponds, ditches or waterways thinking they are safe with tragic results.


With files from The Canadian Press

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