Winter & Ice Safety

Released: January 24, 2024 at 9:50 a.m.

Drowning can occur at any time of year. In fact, every year 1/3 of all drownings in Manitoba occur during the colder months between October and April. Many of these drownings occur on ice and involve recreational snowmobiling.

Ice Safety Tips

  • Check the weather and avoid going on the ice on warm or stormy days
  • Have trained people test ice thickness.
  • Avoid vehicle travel on ice whenever possible.
  • Keep away from unfamiliar paths or unknown ice.
  • Never go onto the ice alone.
  • Before you leave shore, inform someone of your destination and expected time of return.
  • Wear a buoyant suit or lifejacket whenever you are on the ice. It could save your life.
  • Carry ice picks, ice poles, and rope.
  • Avoid going on ice at night.

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