The City of Yellowknife reminds residents of ice safety

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Ice testing on the Yellowknife Lakes is now complete. Please continue to use caution when on the ice as there are a variety of factors that cause ice to form more slowly in certain areas, such as moving water.

The City of Yellowknife reminds residents to not use the Yellowknife River as a travel corridor in the winter and stay away from the channel between the boat launch and Prosperous Lake.

Please call 9-1-1 / 873-2222 if you see that someone has fallen through the ice or is in distress. Arthur C. Green/The Moose 100.1

When snowmobiling,  advise taking the following precautions:

  • Always travel with a buddy;
  • Tell people where you are going and when you are expected back;
  • Bring an extra set of warm clothing and consider purchasing a floatation snowmobile suit;
  • Spread out the weight of snow machines and do not park them close together on the ice;
  • Ensure you have the following safety equipment with you:  ice picks, rope, cellphone packed in a waterproof container, first aid kit, flashlight, waterproof matches or lighter, tool kit, candles and a survival blanket.
  • As when using the road system, do not drive a snow machine while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

When walking on the ice “light up”.  Wear reflective clothing and/or a form of illumination to ensure snow machine operators can see you.  Be aware of your surroundings.

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What to do if the person you are with falls through the ice:

  • Keep calm
  • Don’t run-up to the hole; you may fall through as well
  • Use an item to throw or extend to the victim, such as jumper cables, skis, rope or push a boat ahead of you
  • Get immediate medical assistance for the victim; people subjected to the extreme cold may seem fine after being rescued, but could still be at risk of life-threatening conditions
  • If you are unable to rescue the victim, call the Fire Division

What to do if you fall in the ice:

  • Remain calm and look towards the shore
  • Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface of the ice
  • Work forward on the ice by kicking your feet; this will assist you in keeping your body horizontal and help you “swim” out of the hole in the ice
  • If the ice breaks, maintain your position and slide forward again; if this doesn’t work – keep trying!
  • Once you are lying on the ice, don’t stand up, instead roll away from the hole
  • Crawl back through your original track and ensure that your weight is spread out until you are on solid ice or onshore
  • Seek immediate medical assistance

Please call 9-1-1 / 873-2222 if you see that someone has fallen through the ice or is in distress.

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