Staying Safe This Holiday Season

The holiday season and winter is just about upon us - are you ready?

The OPP's tips to help you and your family stay safe this Holiday Season

Wow, winter came in with a blast! With the cold temperatures and snow midway through November, looks like our favourite wintertime activities are getting a jumpstart this year. Here are a few things to remember to help you stay safe during this festive season!

Lakes are already freezing up, but there is a lot of water still flowing through the creeks and rivers. The safest ice is no ice (meaning stay off the ice!), but do take precautions if you have to head out on the lakes.

- Wear jackets and pants that are buoyant (pfd) - Always carry ice picks and keep them in an accessible place (on your body somewhere)

- tell someone your route and expected arrival times,

- keep a cell phone and some fire starting material in a waterproof container on your person

- limit your travel at night time

The vast majority of snowmobile and atv fatalities that the OPP investigate in the winter months occur on the waterways, and they involve open water.

The snowmobile trails will not be open for some time yet. Please stay off the trails until this time! More importantly, respect the property owners who allow us to travel on their property. Stay on the trails when they do open and do not trespass on private property. Speed is also a contributing factor to many of the accidents, both on and off the trails. Obey the posted speed limits on the trails and roadways. Conditions change constantly on the lakes, be aware of pressure cracks and other obstacles, and don’t overdrive your headlights at night. Buy your trail permit and support your local volunteers and clubs.

Enjoy the winter!

Prov. Const. Ivars Krumins