With milder temperatures expected this week, DRPS is reminding residents to be mindful of changing ice conditions out on the lakes. The ice is completely unsafe and unpredictable at this time of year and you're being asked to stay off it for safety reasons.
The number one thing officers and first responders see this time of year is pets wandering out near the shoreline where the ice can be quite thin. Never attempt to go after your pet, often times they will find their way back to shore unharmed. Children are also curious and attracted to the moving water, not realizing that its very unsafe. If your pet or child wanders out on to the ice please call 911; our marine unit and our local fire department members are fully trained to deal with the situation.
Another thing police see happening is residents doing water runs on the lake, particularly on Lake Scugog. This consists of racing a snow mobile across the lake at high speeds. This is obviously very dangerous behaviour, never mind the potential damage to the snow mobile.
Ice huts for fishing should have been removed in March, if you spot anyone out on the lake, please contact DRPS at 1-888-579-1520.
Lake Scugog (JPG file, 963.1K bytes)
Melting Ice near the shorline (JPG file, 821.1K bytes)