With the spring thaw taking place, thin ice is a growing problem around Regina, causing the city to issue a warning to residents.
With double-digit temperatures expected, any ice that is left on Wascana lake, ditches, creeks or storm channels will be quite thin, and would cause anyone standing on the ice to potentially fall through.
Angela Prawzick from Regina Fire and Protective Services says parents should talk to their children about the risks of thin ice.
“We want to make sure that people stay safe certainly with these dangerous ice conditions, so we’re asking families to warn your children, to let them know where the ice conditions are, where the water/icesurfaces are, and to make that children stay away from any lakes, creeks, and storm channels.”
Prawzick says people should not go in after people or pets who have fallen through.
“If you see someone in danger, even if you see your dog in danger, don’t go out after them, call 9-1-1,” Prawzick says. “Here at the fire department, we have our water and ice rescue team and our firefighters will be out to help you within a few minutes of that call. They will get out there, and they will help the person who is in trouble.”
Prawzick also adds that if you notice people or pets close to thin ice to call the police to ensure their safety.