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Lake Simcoe Ice Safety
Tourism Barrie: Ice Fishing
Lifesaving Society: Ice Safety
Canadian Red Cross: Ice Safety
There is no such thing as completely safe when dealing with ice. Always exercise caution when enjoying Barrie's frozen lakes.
Be suspicious. You cannot tell the strength of the ice by its appearance. Temperature, thickness, snow cover, water depth, size of water body, currents and distribution of the load on top of the ice are all factors affecting ice safety.
Always check ice thickness before venturing out. Snowmobiles require at least five inches of clear solid ice and autos at least eight inches to a foot of clear solid ice.
Check reported conditions. Before you head onto any ice, check with a local bait shop operator or resort owner for known ice conditions, thin ice areas or dangerous open water conditions.
Avoid travelling on ice at night. Clear hard ice is the only kind of ice recommended for travel; keep away from unfamiliar paths or unknown ice.
Suit up. If you must venture onto the ice, wear a thermal protection buoyant suit to increase your chances of survival if you fall through. If you do not have one, wear a lifejacket/PFD over an ordinary snowmobile suit or layered winter clothing
Never go on the ice alone. A buddy may be able to rescue you or go for help if you get into difficulty.
Inform someone. Before you leave shore, inform someone of your destination and expected time of return.
Assemble a kit. Assemble a small personal safety kit no larger than the size of a man's wallet to carry with you. The kit should include a lighter, waterproof matches, magnesium fire starter, pocketknife, compass and whistle. You should also carry ice picks, an ice staff, a rope and a cellular phone.
Know what to do if you hear the ice crack:
Assisting someone who has fallen through the ice:
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