Winter & Ice Safety
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.
Below are some great safety tips on Ice Safety and Cold Water Immersion:
- 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.
- 1 minute of cold shock, which looks like gasping. Get your breathing back under control.
- 10 minutes of meaningful movement before your body starts to lose effective use of fingers, arms, legs.
- 1 hour before hypothermia causes unconsciousness.