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Keep kids and pets off the ice says Halifax Search and Rescue

Tony Rodgers is recommending parents to talk to their children about ice safety
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Long Lake Provincial Park during a deep freeze (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

A spokesperson for Halifax Search and Rescue is recommending parents to talk to their children about ice safety.

Tony Rodgers told NEWS 95.7's The Sheldon MacLeod Show temperatures have dropped earlier than normal this year and that frozen surface can be tempting for youngsters.

"Especially children who live around lakes and ponds, or pass lakes and ponds on the way to and from school," said Rodgers. 

"Just leave it alone until the people with the city of Halifax, who are trained to do such a thing, go out and drill holes in the ice, measure it and then give us the okay whether we can use it or not."

Halifax Regional Municipality hasn't yet started their ice thickness testing for the season. They usually start this in January, however a spokesperson for the municipality told HalifaxToday.ca if temperatures stay cold, they may launch it sooner.

The Canadian Red Cross says ice should be 15 cm thick for one person to walk or skate. For a group, it needs to be at least 20 cm and 25 cm for snowmobiling.

"You can never trust the ice. You never know how much it is frozen until someone tests it for you," he explained. "With a layer of snow sitting on top of it, it's very difficult to see the colour of the ice, and how much actually might be underfoot."

He also recommends keeping dogs on a leash near the water so the pet doesn't run onto the ice.




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