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RCMP: 669-1111 Fire & Ambulance: 873-2222

Ice Measurement and Safety

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Ice Rescue Training

Contacts

Yellowknife Fire Division
100 Taylor Road
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P4

Mailing Address:
4807 - 52 Street
P.O. Box 580
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4
P. 867-766-5500
F. 867-766-5509
firehalladministration@yellowknife.ca


Yellowknife Ice Safety

Spring is in the air! Please stay safe and stay off the ice. Ice decay is happening rapidly on all the lakes in and around Yellowknife.

Thawing occurs in 4 ways: Top surface melting, internal melting, under-ice melting (currents), and wind driven rafting.  The ice around us has been affected by the sun's heat, rain, and wind in the thawing process.  Although some ice may still hold our weight, the next step may not.  With the rapidly deteriorating conditions, the risk of falling through is very high.

For your safety, please STAY OFF THE ICE!

Please call 873-2222 if you see that someone has fallen through the ice or is in distress.

What to do if the person you are with falls through the ice:
  • Keep calm
  • Don't run up to the hole; you may fall through as well
  • Use an item to throw or extend to the victim, such as jumper cables, skis, rope or push a boat ahead of you
  • Get immediate medical assistance for the victim; people subjected to the extreme cold may seem fine after being rescued, but could still be at risk of life threatening conditions
  • If you are unable to rescue the victim, call the Fire Division
What to do if you fall in the ice:
  • Remain calm and look towards the shore
  • Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface of the ice
  • Work forward on the ice by kicking your feet; this will assist you in keeping your body horizontal and help you "swim" out of the hole in the ice
  • If the ice breaks, maintain your position and slide forward again; if this doesn't work - keep trying!
  • Once you are lying on the ice, don't stand up, instead roll away from the hole
  • Crawl back through your original track and ensure that your weight is spread out until you are on solid ice or on shore
  • Seek immediate medical assistance

 

 

 

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