April 2018 News Archive

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Stay safe around ice and flowing water

April 19, 2018 1:22 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

With the weather warming and the snow finally melting, The City of Red Deer is reminding residents to exercise caution near the river and area creeks, ponds and reservoirs.

“It’s been a long, cold winter and we know that residents are excited to get outside,” says Karen Mann, Emergency Management Coordinator with The City of Red Deer. “At this time of the year, remaining ice is unstable and melting snow results in fast-flowing creeks and changing levels on the river.”

Parents are encouraged to speak to their children about water and ice safety. Though ice may look strong, it most likely is not. Pet owners should ensure animals are under control while near water and ice. Never throw sticks or balls onto the ice and keep pets on leash, if required.

“Enjoy the sunshine but be cautious. If pets fall through the ice, it is not only hazardous for the animal, it also puts emergency services personnel at unnecessary risk if they have to respond,” says Ken McMullen, Chief of Emergency Services.

If someone witnesses a person or an animal in trouble on the ice or in the water, stay on the bank and call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not go out into the water or onto the ice as this can put your safety at risk.

Other spring safety tips include:

  • Watching for standing water on paths and trails.
  • Exercising caution when engaging in recreation activities such as boating or fishing.
  • Respecting all trail closures, barricades and safety signage in area parks.

For more information, please contact:

Karen Mann
Emergency Management Coordinator
The City of Red Deer
403-356-2490

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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