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Ice Safety

Did you know? Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children. During the spring, warmer temperatures cause ponds, rivers and lakes to swell and the ice cover to weaken. The spring thaw brings serious dangers related to exposure to frigid water and the potential for drowning.


Safety Tips

  • Keep children away from the banks of ponds, streams and rivers during spring thaw
  • Always stay within arm’s reach and sight when children are in or around water
  • Ice thickness should be:
    • 15 cm for walking or skating alone
    • 20 cm for skating or games
    • 25 cm for snowmobiles1

For more information about ice safety, visit Parachute Canada’s web page on Winter Safety.

Date of creation: March 24, 2013
Last modified on: January 17, 2014



1Parachute Canada. (February 15th, 2013). Winter Safety. Retrieved from