Be Safe on Ice
As we head into winter, it is important to remember and follow water and ice safety, especially around stormwater locations. Please obey the posted signs and information. Stormwater facilities aren't safe for any type of recreation because the inlet and outlet pipes keep water continuously flowing beneath the frozen top layer.
There are many factors that can affect ice thickness, including location, the time of year, and environmental factors such as:
- Water depth and size of body of water
- Currents, tides and other moving water
- Chemicals including salt
- Fluctuations in water levels
- Logs, rocks, and docks absorbing heat from the sun
- Changing air temperature
- Shock waves from vehicles travelling on the ice
It's never safe to walk on the ice of the North Saskatchewan River as water is continuously flowing beneath the surface, which impacts ice thickness.
The City of Edmonton provides important information for all families at https://www.edmonton.ca/activities_parks_recreation/be-safe-on-ice .