Be safe on ice: OPP

From the OPP

The Kenora OPP again is reminding residents of the dangers of thin ice.
The unusually mild weather of the past week has created unstable ice conditions on area lakes, rivers, and other waterways.
On Friday around 9:20 a.m., members of the OPP’s Marine and Trails Unit responded to a report of two men stranded on Lake of the Woods after going through the ice on a snowmachine in the area known as the Yacht Club Stretch.
It was reported the men went through the ice on the evening of Jan. 19, but were able to get out of the water and find safety in a nearby cottage.
Lake of the Woods Search and Rescue responded the following morning and both men were returned safely to mainland uninjured.
The OPP would like to remind people that ice begins to be “safe” at around 10-15 cm (four-six inches) of thickness.
Do not even walk on ice 7.5 cm (three inches) or less in thickness.
In general, the rules for ice thickness measurements are:
•7.5 cm (three inches)–keep off;
•10 cm (four inches)–suitable for ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, and walking (approx. 200 pounds);
•12.5 cm (five inches)–suitable for a single snowmobile or ATV (approx. 800 pounds);
•20-30 cm (eight-12 inches)–suitable for one car or group of people (approx. 1,500-2,000 pounds); and
•30-40 cm (12-15 inches)–suitable for a light pickup truck or a van.
It also is important to follow safety practices when travelling on the ice, including:
•tell someone your travel plans, route, and estimated time of return;
•wear proper gear such as a floater coat and carry survival equipment; and
•if you don’t know, don’t go!
For these and more ice safety tips, visit