Stay off area waterways, despite recent cold snap

Even if that enticing ice surface looks frozen, stay away.

Recent cold weather has seen sheets of ice form on area waterways, but those sheets are still far too thin to venture out on.

Public safety officials have already released warnings, reminding residents to avoid rivers, lakes and other waterways until they are properly frozen.

On Nov. 15, Ottawa firefighters were called to help retrieve someone’s pet in the Manotick area that had wandered out onto the ice. Fire officials reminded residents that ice and waterways are very dangerous at this time of year and urged extreme caution, especially for children and pets who may not know better.

Minimum thickness for ice to be deemed safe to walk on is at least four inches, but six is more desirable. The ice would need to be even thicker to support a vehicle.

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