With the recent return to winter in Drumheller, some people are looking at the ice on the Red Deer River and wondering whether it's safe for travel.
 
"Anything under three inches in thickness, you shouldn't be on it," warned Drumheller Fire Chief Bruce Wade. "if you're walking on it, ice fishing, that type of thing, four inches."
 
"Five inches, at least, for a snowmobile or an ATV and up to 12 inches, 8-12 inches for a vehicle, a small pick-up," he advised. "A medium sized truck, anywhere over 12 inches, 12-15 inches thickness."
 
Wade said you should travel in groups, if possible, when on or near river or lake ice; if you're alone, carry a long stick or pole that you can hang onto if you fall through. He added it also depends on the type of ice.
 
"Depending on if it's still water or if it's running water, like in a river, it can be quite a bit difference in the ice, how it's flowing and how thick it is," he told 99.5 Drum FM.
 
For more tips on ice safety in Alberta, follow this link.
 

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