With the onset of consistent freezing temperatures, ice has started to form on valley lakes. This week, crews from West Kelowna Fire Rescue have been practicing for ice rescue. Firefighters are specially trained, certified and equipped with special suits to rescue people who are trapped or have fallen through the ice.
As crews discovered today, the ice remains unsafe in many locations. Under current conditions, on most lakes, the weight of an adult is still enough to break through and the water is deadly cold.
The public is reminded to stay safe around the water and ensure that if you choose to go out on the ice, you do so only after ensuring it is safe and you have taken all the required precautions.
If you see someone fall through the ice, don’t put yourself or others in danger. Call 9-1-1 without delay.
For more information on ice safety, please visit the Canadian Red Cross website at: http://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certification/swimming-and-water-safety-tips-and-resources/swimming–boating-and-water-safety-tips/ice-safety