Fire chief urges cau­tion on ice

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

As spring ap­proaches, it is hard to pre­dict the weather from day to day. It is even harder to pre­dict the strength and sta­bil­ity of ice on rivers or ponds.

Fire Chief Bruce Wade re­minds res­i­dents to be ex­tra wary around frozen bod­ies of wa­ter.

Wade says while calls for res­cue on the frozen river or ponds are not com­mon, it is still a con­cern for the depart­ment. Ev­ery­one from pedes­tri­ans and skiers, to snow­mo­bil­ers, of­ten en­joy frozen bod­ies of wa­ter in the win­ter.

“With the river, and mov­ing wa­ter, it can un­der­cut the ice, along with sur­face tem­per­a­ture and thaw­ing can af­fect the strength,” he said.

As well as safety on the river, stand­ing wa­ter such as ponds, sloughs or dugouts can be haz­ardous.

“There is also a con­cern with peo­ple do­ing things on dugouts or ponds,’ said Wade. “It is a real is­sue.”

While there are some guide­lines, the most im­por­tant is that if you are in doubt about the ice, stay off.

The strength of ice can be com­pro­mised by a num­ber of dif­fer­ent fac­tors in­clud­ing tem­per­a­ture, snow pack, cur­rent and air con­tent.

With the river, and mov­ing wa­ter, it can un­der­cut the ice, along with sur­face tem­per­a­tures and thaw­ing

can af­fect the strength.”

Bruce Wade Drumheller Fire Chief

Fire Chief Bruce Wade urges res­i­dents to be cau­tious around frozen rivers or ponds as the weather be­gins to warm.

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