With the snow and the return to colder temperatures some people in the Drumheller Valley might be tempted to go for a walk on the Red Deer River. Fire chief Bruce Wade says you should resist the urge.
"I would recommend people stay off the river," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "You just never know, it's flowing water (and) there's no way to tell how thick the ice is."
The Canadian Red Cross states ice should be 15 cm. thick before you try to walk or skate on it and 25 cm. thick for snowmobile safety. White opaque or snow ice is half as strong as blue ice. Opaque ice is formed by wet snow freezing on the ice.
"Travel in partners: don't be on the ice by yourself and have some kind of extended pole, something like that, that if you happen to go through, the pole would catch in the hole," he replied when pressed for tips on how to travel safely on the river.
"Hypothermia is the biggest challenge that you have," explained Wade. "You only have about ten minutes in water before you start losing muscle control and get into hypothermia."
To learn more about ice safety follow this link to the Canadian Red Cross.

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