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RCMP issue thin ice warning for bodies of water

PHOTO. The RMWB RCMP headquarters. Sarah Anderson/REPORTER

Wood Buffalo RCMP are reminding the public to stay off bodies of water and ice until they are completely frozen over. The temperature must be well below freezing for several weeks in order for the ice to freeze to the right thickness.

Ice must be at least 15 centimeters thick for it to be safe for walking on or solo ice skating and at least 20 centimeters thick to support groups of ice skaters or any ice games. Snowmobilers should wait till the ice is at least 25 centimeters in thickness.

Besides the temperatures, water level, debris and the size of the body of water all determine how quickly ice will form up and how strong it will be.

To determine the strength of the ice, you can examine the colour. Clear blue ice is the strongest and grey ice is usually unsafe as it indicates the presence of water.

The RCMP is also reminding parents to speak with their children about ice safety and ensure they are properly supervised during their activities.

Anyone who see dangerous active on bodies on water or ice can contact the RCMP at 780-788-4040 or 911 if it is an emergency.