Regina Fire Urges Use of City Designated Rinks
We know the unusually warm weather means children and adults alike want to be outside enjoying the winter season, especially during the holiday season. Throughout our community there are many designated outdoor rinks and toboggan hills available for use under current public health guidelines. A full list of locations can be found at Regina.ca.
Regina Fire & Protective Services reminds residents to keep off all bodies of water including Wascana Lake and Creek, storm channels, retention ponds and recreational lakes in residential areas.
These bodies of water are there to reduce the risk of flooding in our neighbourhoods by collecting stormwater. Water flows in these storm channels and ponds for much of the year, including now. This moving water fluctuates in temperature and when combined with warmer weather, creates unpredictable and potentially dangerous ice conditions.
While it may look suitable for winter activities, it’s what’s below the surface that can be unsafe. Remember, ice thickness can vary and is not an indicator of safety on these frozen surfaces.
Residents should not walk, ski, skate or play on any frozen body of water. Parents and guardians are asked to take a few moments to talk with children about this important safety rule.
Keep dogs on a leash when close to bodies of water. If a pet breaks through the ice, do not attempt a rescue as you will be putting yourself and others in danger.
If you see anyone, particularly children, close to thin ice, call Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500. In an emergency involving people or pets, call 9-1-1.