Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters check Long Lake following a report of people walking on the lake’s frozen surface last winter. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters check Long Lake following a report of people walking on the lake’s frozen surface last winter. (News Bulletin file photo)

City warning people in Nanaimo to keep off the ice on local lakes

Public advised not to go out onto ice to retrieve pets or for other reasons

The city is reminding members of the public not to venture out on the ice on any lakes, ponds or other water sources in Nanaimo.

The municipality, in a press release, warned that surface ice on water bodies in Nanaimo is not safe to walk on and that people should always follow basic rules of ice safety.

The only safe ice is at a hockey or skating rink, the release noted. People should never assume ice is safe, never walk across ice as a shortcut and never go out onto the ice to retrieve an animal or toy.

Signs warning the public not to go on ice are posted at local lakes, but the warning applies to all bodies of water.

“It’s so tempting to get out your skates and hit the ponds, however, we are asking the community to please stay safe and avoid a potential accident,” said Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog, in the press release.

READ ALSO: Firefighters called after people spotted walking on the ice on Long Lake in Nanaimo



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