Sioux Lookout OPP warning residents of thin ice dangers
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
As temperatures continue to drop more lakes, rivers, and waterways are freezing over, but many are still experiencing unstable conditions.
Sioux Lookout Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) shared that people should check ice conditions first before venturing out, and moving water is absolutely a red flag.
“Definitely stay away from areas that you know have moving water because that’s going to compromise the ice,” said Sioux Lookout OPP Constable Ben Bye.
“It’s always a good idea to check ice first, especially if you’re unsure of the conditions. If you don’t know, don’t go,” he continued.
In general, the OPP shared that rules for ice thickness measurements are:
3" (7 cm) (new ice) - KEEP OFF
4" (10 cm) - suitable for ice fishing, cross-country skiing and walking (approx. 200 pounds)
5" (12 cm) - suitable for a single snowmobile or ATV (approx. 800 pounds)
8" - 12" (20 - 30 cm) - suitable for one car, group of people (approx. 1500 - 2000 pounds)
12" - 15" (30 - 38 cm) - suitable for a light pickup truck or a van
For more information and safety tips visit www.opp.ca.