Given the start of warmer weather Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to encourage everyone to assess and be aware of conditions before venturing out on ice covered bodies of water.
Ice is never 100% safe even though you may have tested the thickness. If you do venture out on the ice, please follow these tips to help keep you safe;
- Check ice thickness and quality before riding onto any frozen water.
- Understand that ice conditions may vary from day to day, from hour to hour and from place to place.
Never travel on ice alone, at night or while impaired.
- Avoiding slushy ice, untracked ice, or ice near moving water or dock bubblers.
- Watch out for obstacles like rocks, stumps, docks, ice roads and fishing huts.
- Wear a buoyant snowmobile suit and carry ice picks.
Ice is constantly changing in response to weather and water conditions and is effected by many different factors including thickness, currents, age of the ice, pressure cracks and snow cover. OPP encourage everyone to stay off the ice when conditions are dangerous especially in the early winter and late spring. If in doubt, don’t go out!