For right now, stay off the ice. 
 
Local emergency crews say extreme caution needs to be used around stormwater ponds, the North Saskatchewan River and other natural bodies of water in the area.
 
"Wait until the ice has had a good time to freeze over and become solid and thick enough to sustain human weight," said Shawn McKerry, Fort Saskatchewan's Fire Chief.
 
For those looking to walk on the frozen surface, there should be at least 10 centimetres or four inches of ice for it to be considered safe.
 
McKerry is eerie of frozen waterways.
 
"Moving water is unpredictable, a shift upstream could cause major problems for you downstream." added McKerry.
 
Ice strength is affected by many factors including air temperature, road runoff, springs that feed into the water body, sun, wind, snow and overall thickness of the ice.
 
Almost a third of all drownings occur during October and April.

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