Winter has arrived and it's the perfect time to enjoy the ice on the lake near your rental cabin. However, it is important to take certain precautions for your safety before venturing onto the ice.
The color of the ice can be an indicator of its thickness: transparent blue ice is the strongest, while opaque white ice or snow ice is only half as strong and gray ice is not safe at all.
To be sure of the safety of the ice, it is important to measure its thickness: 15 cm for walking or skating alone, 20 cm for skating or group games and 25 cm for snowmobiling.
Also note that floating ice on bodies of open water, such as lakes and rivers, is never entirely safe, no matter how thick it is.
Before venturing onto the ice, find out about its thickness from the local authorities and avoid going on the ice at night.
Ice thickness can be affected by many factors, such as water depth, water level fluctuations, changes in ambient temperature, the presence of docks and rocks that absorb heat from the sun and shock waves from vehicles traveling on the ice.
It is therefore important to ensure that the ice is safe every day before walking on it.
We hope this information will help you have a safe and enjoyable winter. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Information from red cross website