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Protect Yourself by Ensuring Safety on Ice This Winter.

With the fluctuating temperatures the Government of Saskatchewan reminds you to make sure ice is safe and thick enough before walking, snowmobiling or driving on it.  They note ice thickness depends on the particular water body and local conditions adding it does not freeze at a uniform thickness and ice strength can vary considerably from one area to another. 

             

To be sure they point out check the ice thickness before you travel on it and as a guideline you need at least 10 centimeters of ice to walk on, 20 to drive a snowmobile or ATV on, 30 to drive a car or light truck on and more than 30 centimeters to support a heavy truck adding clear hard ice is the only ice recommended for travel.

             

They also suggest avoiding ice that looks slushy, has thawed and frozen again, is near moving water, is layered caused by sudden temperature changes or has structures in it such as pressure ridges.

             

For information about ice fishing you can visit www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing to view the Saskatchewan Angler’s Guide.

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