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Halton residents reminded to use caution around frozen water

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Halton residents reminded to use caution around frozen water

While winter is a beautiful time of year to get outside and enjoy the view near bodies of water, residents of Halton are reminded to be extremely cautious around streams, rivers, ponds and lakes this time of year.

Conservation Halton recently issued a warning to remind residents of the dangers that can exist near bodies of water while urging the public to keep family and pets away from the edges of all waterways.

With temperatures on the decline since warmer days in November, the region is experiencing frequent freeze-thaw cycles, resulting in the melting of accumulated snow and ice cover.

In turn, this runoff will create hazardous conditions near all waterways, by contributing to higher water levels and increased velocities in local watercourses.

The Marine Unit is also reminding residents to use caution around frozen water.

Residents are reminded that safe on-ice activity requires five inches at minimum, for just one person alone on the ice.

Additionally, slippery and unstable stream banks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous and dangerous conditions close to any body of water.

The public is reminded to stay safe this winter by keeping family and pets away from all bodies of water, avoid all recreational activities in or around water and tailor winter outdoor activities to trails at local parks and Conservation Areas.

To learn more about ice safety, click here.

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