This blog was researched and developed by third year Ryerson Nursing student Enna Kadoch.
Reading the story of dramatic rescue of ice fishermen on Lake Simcoe this past weekend was an early wake-up call to the increased need for precaution around frozen water this time of year. With temperatures reaching the low teens ice over the weekend ice thickness on ponds, lakes, and backyard pools were greatly reduced and continue to melt at an increased rate. As we move into Spring, fluctuating temperatures will compromise the quality of ice and anything at this point should be considered off-limits.
Should we move back into a deep-freeze and you are looking to recreate on the ice again, make sure you check with local authorities to ensure the ice is safe. Make sure you have the necessary tools to get out of trouble like the 27 fishermen this weekend. A cell phone helped them make a call for rescue.
|Photo courtesy of the Woolf Family|
Parents should be particularly cautious with young, often curious, children that will try to get close to any body of water.
Winter sports and activities make living in a country like Canada fun and amazing. but with these fluctuating temperatures safety needs to come first .
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