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Ice safety still an issue even as the temperature drops

The weather may have dropped last night, but that doesn’t mean ice is any safer. That warning comes from the South Porcupine OPP, who says it takes multiple days of cold weather to make conditions safe again. They are releasing a full list of safety tips for snowmobilers.

  • Check the weather before heading out.
  • Everyone requires a helmet that meets the standards.
  • Obey speed limits and the road and trail signs.
  • Avoid driving on frozen water. If you must, please check the ice conditions prior.
  • Many fatalities involve snowmobiles breaking through the ice or driving into open water.
  • Anytime you travel on ice, you put yourself and your passengers at risk.
  • Wear a buoyant snowmobile suit, carry ice picks and make sure they are available to you.
  • Exposure to extreme cold can lead to frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Always tell someone where you are going, your exact route and your expected time of return.
  • You should never travel alone and always be prepared for the unexpected.
  • Use caution at railway and road crossings.
  • Always remain on the right-hand side of the trail.
  • At night, drive at a reduced speed and avoid travelling faster than the beam your headlight can shine ahead.
  • A rigid tow-bar must be used when towing a sled or similar device behind a snowmobile.
  • Drive within your ability

Police say speed and alcohol are also contributing factors in the majority of snowmobile collisions. Officers will be out patrolling our local trail system to ensure everyone’s safety.

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