Ice Safety

March 13, 2019


With the arrival of spring, warming temperatures brings ice-related dangers that we need to be aware of.

As first responders in the fire service, we may be called out to respond to a person or pet that has fallen through thin ice. Here are some safety points we need to be mindful of to protect our first responders:

  • Develop a safe zone and control perimeter for the fire team, and keep everyone else well back from the scene.
  • Do not attempt to go out to the victim without the required personal protective equipment.
  • Call for assistance.
  • Remember that at least six to eight rescuers are needed to rescue one person.
  • Call out to the victim and instruct them in how to attempt a self-rescue.

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Safety Tips for Community Members  

  1. Use designated ice.
  2. Measure ice thickness in several locations.
  3. Avoid travelling on ice at night or when it is snowing.
  4. Never go onto ice.
  5. Stay off river ice and avoid the narrows between lakes.
  6. Wear a thermal protection buoyant suit or a lifejacket.
  7. Take safety equipment with you.

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 Kynan O’Rourke

Fire Services Manager   West Kelowna