The OPP in Central Region is warning the public to exercise extreme caution near any bodies of water that presently have ice on them.

Central Ontario has seen some mild weather over the past few days and even milder temperatures are forecasted in the coming days. Remember that what appears to be frozen, could in fact be ice that is not capable of supporting any weight at all. Ice safety can be affected by many factors, including: thickness, currents, age of the ice, pressure cracks and snow cover.

Chief Superintendent John Tod, Regional Commander of the OPP Central Region is reminding parents to “educate your children about the dangers that come with melting ice and the spring runoff. Not only does the ice become unsafe, but banks along all bodies of water soften and can pose a threat to people and pets as well.”

Please follow this very important public safety message as any ice related rescue has the potential to put the lives of many first responders at great risk.

The OPP, with its safety partners, will encourage people to stay off ice when conditions are dangerous such as early and late winter. Please refer to our partner’s links for more information:

For information from the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, go to their website at www.ofsc.on.ca