With the weather warming up, the Saskatchewan Water Safety Agency is reiterating a warning about ice safety and checking before hitting the ice.
The Agency also says there have been several, even some serious, incidents in the southeastern part of the province, which has also promoted the warning. Anyone going out on a frozen waterway should check it every single time, even if they were recently on it and it appeared safe.
As a guideline, ice should be ten centimetres thick to walk on, twenty centimetres to bring a small ATV or snowmobile on, thirty centimetres to drive a small car or light truck on, and anything bigger, the ice should be thicker than that.
These are only guidelines, however, and thickness is only one factor according to the WSA. People should also avoid ice that looks slushy, has thawed, then froze again, is near moving water, has layers caused by temperature changes or has pressure ridge structure.
They also remind people that ice does not freeze uniformly, making strength variable from area to area. Clear, hard ice is the only kind recommended for travel.