March 18, 2014 - As ice melts during the spring thaw, water levels rise in lakes, rivers and streams creating fast-running water which poses a significant threat to the safety of your children.
Every winter, 25 to 30 Canadians die in ice-related incidents, and countless others fall through the ice. Taking the time to explain ice safety with your children so that they are aware of the potential hazards can prevent needless accidents.
The crust that forms on top of a river is unstable due to water swirling beneath it.
Lake ice is most fragile in frozen areas around an open patch and along the shore. Avoid rivers and lake shorelines, where smooth ice that looks solid - is actually weak.
The best advice we can offer you is to have your children stay off lake and pond ice surfaces but if you do decide to venture out, please click on the Resource Links below to obtain very important, safety guidelines.
Outdoor ice surface areas designated for skating and other winter activities are maintained by knowledgeable personnel in your community. Ice should be regularly tested to ensure that it is thick enough and strong enough for recreational use.
- Keep away from fast-flowing rivers and streams during spring floods. Even if the water is only a few inches deep, fast moving water can knock children off their feet and carry them down stream beyond safety.
- Do not walk on or near riverbanks because they could collapse. Snow and ice overhangs form in these areas and may present danger because it is difficult to tell if you are walking on solid ground.
- Warm days and cold nights create weak ice during the spring season.
Spring Flooding – Toronto and Region Conservation for the Living City - A MUST READ! Includes valuable information for you and your family!