KENORA — Ontario Provincial Police in Kenora are reminding residents and visitors to be cautious of ice conditions.
In a news release issued on Monday, Jan. 4, Kenora OPP said they recently noticed snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle tracks in areas known to have poor ice conditions.
With the fluctuation of temperatures, police say the thickness and safety of lakes, rivers and ponds may be impacted.
Police offer the following safety checklist to ensure a safe ride:
- Check ice thickness and quality before riding onto any frozen waterway
- Be mindful that ice conditions can vary from day-to-day, from hour-to-hour and from one location to the next
- Never travel on ice alone, at night or while impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Avoid slushy or untracked ice or ice near moving water
- Wear a buoyant snowmobile suit and carry ice picks
“No ice is ever considered safe by the OPP. Anyone who decides to venture onto the ice-covered bodies of water should do so with extreme caution, “ OPP Cst. Jason Canfield said in a news release.