An Important Safety Notice from O.P.P. Ice Safety

Waterways in Ontario are beginning to freeze. They may look safe to walk or drive onto, but are they? Changing temperatures makes ice unpredictable, ice could be several inches one day and only a couple the next.

Everyone including, Snowmobile (MSV) and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) operators need to use extreme caution when traveling on or near frozen bodies of water.

Even though ice may appear to be safe, NO ICE IS WITHOUT SOME RISK!

STAY OFF ICE 3 INCHES OR LESS!!! A minimum of 4 inches (10cm) of New Clear Hard Ice, is required for one person, ice fishing. A minimum of 5 inches (12cm) of New Clear Hard Ice is required for one MSV or ATV. Between 8 and 12 inches (20-30cm) for one car or small pickup truck.

Everyone traveling on ice should wear flotation suits and always carry ice picks in their pocket.

Ice needs to be checked in several different places for thickness and you should stay away from; 1. slushy ice 2. ice on or near moving water 3. ice that has thawed and refrozen 4. layered or rotten ice caused by sudden temperature changes.


I hope you find this information helpful.