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Skaters reminded to watch for thin ice during mild weather


Shelley Steeves, reporter
January 9, 2012 — Recent mild weather has led to some people in the Maritimes skating on thin ice.


People in Moncton have been skating on thin ice, despite the warning signs
People in Moncton have been skating on thin ice, despite the warning signs

City of Moncton crews are gingerly venturing out to test the ice thickness on public skating rinks.

Right now, it's not looking good.

“We have been doing our ice thickness checks daily and what we are finding is that we don't have the ice thickness to open up our facilities to public skating yet,” says Dan Hicks with the City of Moncton.

That's why signs are posted all around the public rinks warning of the dangers.

“We really haven't had the colder temps that we are used to here in Atlantic Canada and that's lead to some other challenge,” he says.

Like keeping people off the ice until it's thick enough to be safe. According to the department of transportation, the ice should be at least 25 or not 30 cm thick before it's safe for the public to skate on, and it's nowhere near that thick yet. But despite all the signage and the warnings, people are still venturing out.

Signs are posted around Moncton's public outdoor skating rinks
Signs are posted around Moncton's public outdoor skating rinks

“They can get lulled into a false sense of security,” says Hicks. “I mean the ice looks nice and it's shored bank to bank and it looks great on the surface.”

Hicks says there's a reason ice crews wear life jackets to do this job.

“Two years ago we were checking the ice and it was roughly 25 cm and less than 10 feet away he fell though.”

Not until the ice is uniformly thick enough will the city open the rinks to the public. Until then, they'll do their best to warn people of the dangers, hoping they'll start to listen.

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