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January 12, 2007
City warns residents about unsafe ice conditions
Cooler temperatures during the past week have caused ice to start forming on small bodies of water and slow moving rivers in and around Toronto. This ice is very unstable and is not strong enough to support any kind of weight.

With weekend temperatures expected to be below the freezing mark, Toronto Marine Unit police officers and paramedics are warning young people to stay off the ice.

“Smaller bodies of water have already started to freeze, but temperatures haven’t been consistently low enough to ensure a safe, thick pad of ice,” said Staff Inspector Tony Crawford, Toronto Police Service. “If naturally formed ice is not certified safe by the authorities, treat it as unsafe. The public is strongly advised to stay off ice.”

“Tragedies like the one in December, in which two boys died after falling through unsafe ice, are preventable,” said Bruce Farr, Chief and General Manager, Toronto Emergency Medical Services. “We are asking parents and caregivers to please take some time to explain the dangers of unsafe ice to your children or children in your care.”

If someone falls through the ice, call 9-1-1. Do not put yourself in danger. Throw a flotation device, rope, extension cord, ladder or long poll to hold onto. If they manage to get out, keep them warm until emergency personnel arrive.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Larry Roberts, Media Relations and Communications, Toronto EMS, 416-392-2255
Constable Gary Gibson, Marine Unit, Toronto Police Service, 416-808-5800



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