Bodies of water such as ponds, lakes and rivers should have frozen over from multiple cold streaks this winter, but are they safe to play on?
 
Every ice surface will freeze differently, but the ones that are clearest are generally the strongest.
 
"Just make sure you have the right depth all the way through," said Shawn McKerry, Fort Saskatchewan's Fire Chief.
 
According to the Canadian Red Cross, the ice thickness should be 20 cm for walking or skating in groups, 25 cm for a snowmobile or light ATV and 30-38 cm for a light car or small truck.
 
"Typically the further you get out, the thinner it will get," added McKerry.
 
Ice strength is affected by many factors including air temperature, road runoff, springs that feed into the water body, sun, wind and snow.
 
Almost a third of all drownings occur during October and April.
 
 

 

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