Use common sense when heading out for your nature walk if you plan to walk on the frozen river. 

Sometimes the river looks like it is frozen and safe to walk on, but one never really knows how thick it is or if it is safe.

Bruce Wade, Fire Chief for Drumheller, gives some advice on river safety.

"There is always a concern with flowing water in a river, for example, because you don't know if the water has undercut any of the ice and there is no real way of telling how thick the ice is."

Although it is not illegal to be on the river if the ice is not solid, common sense is a number one priority.

The weather for the winter season has not been all that cold this year, so thickness is unpredictable.

"I wouldn't put anybody on any piece of ice that is isn't at least four inches thick. I would suggest to stay off the river," says Wade.

"There is really no way, other than cutting a hole in it but if people are going out to try to test it make sure you have a pole that would support your weight in case you happen to fall through. Wade emphasizes, "Have a partner with you in case something happens. It's certainly a good idea to let people know where you are, and the expected time of arrival."

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