Be Ice Smart as the Weather Cools Off

Skaters at Lakehead University testing the ice and putting themselves at potential risk
Skaters at Lakehead University testing the ice and putting themselves at potential risk

THUNDER BAY – Recent cold weather will likely have many people tempted to test the ice on local lakes and waterways. Facts are it is still likely way too thin to support any serious amount of weight.

The ice at Lakehead University was tempting this afternoon to a group of students. Fortunately, they were stopped before they potentially fell through into the cold water.

As a standard, if the ice is 2 inches thick The ice is very susceptible to breakage and is not safe to walk on.

At 4 inches thick It should be ok to stand, skate, and ice fish on the surface. At 8 and 12 inches, the ice should be able to withstand the weight of a small to medium-sized car.

As always take care on the ice.