Friday, March 27, 2020
With the spring thaw, the Ottawa Police Service is reminding residents of the many dangers that may arise due to thin ice.
The Marine Dive and Trails Unit is offering safety advice to keep Ottawa residents out of danger:
- Ice is inherently dangerous at this time of year and is always unpredictable. Stay away from open bodies of water.
- Always supervise children playing outside who may wander or want to play near rivers, ponds, creeks or ditches etc. A child can drown in less than two inches of water.
- Falling into water can lead to hypothermia and death.
- Cold water temperatures can prevent even strong swimmers from escaping once they’ve fallen through the ice.
Ottawa Police reminds everyone to remain vigilant when outside near area waterways and practicing “physical distancing”. More ice safety tips are available online.