Thin ice leads to trouble

Cool Arctic air over the last two weeks has put thin covers of ice on most lakes and ponds and staff at Nanaimo parks, recreation and culture are urging the public to use care and common sense around the water.

Ice safety guides state ice needs at least seven days of temperatures of - 7C to reach a minimum of 15 centimetres, generally considered safe for humans.

Climatic factors such as wind, rain, snow and temperature fluctuations can change conditions quickly, making ice levels dangerous.

For more information, please call Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture at 756-5200.

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