Stay Safe – Stay off the Ice Say Thunder Bay Fire Rescue

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December cold weather has ice forming in the Lake Superior / Thunder Bay region
Cold weather has ice forming in the Lake Superior / Thunder Bay region

December cold weather has ice forming in the Lake Superior / Thunder Bay region
Cold weather has ice forming in the Lake Superior / Thunder Bay region

THUNDER BAY – Stay safe! That is the message from Thunder Bay Fire Rescue. The temptation for people to get out exploring or walking on the ice is a strong one for some reason.

With the winter weather now upon us, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue is encouraging parents, guardians and teachers to speak to their children about the dangers of walking on ice-covered bodies of water and the risk of injury or death associated with exposure to freezing cold water.

Ice conditions throughout the winter should always be considered dangerous, but they are especially dangerous early in the season as thick ice has not yet formed. Riverbanks and icy shorelines should also be avoided, as they pose a slip hazard to anyone walking along them.

“Public safety is our main priority, and we ask residents to stay away from all bodies of water this time of year,” said Deputy Fire Chief Greg Hankkio. “Exposure to cold water can end your life in a matter of minutes.”

In cold water the temperature of your heart, brain, and other vital organs drops, leading to a loss of consciousness and drowning. Exposure to cold water can also cause heart failure. Be safe and be smart, stay off the ice and away from all bodies of water this winter season.