The City of Hamilton is reminding residents of the dangers associated with frozen water around lakes, creeks, streams, and natural or storm water management ponds.
Frozen water can be unpredictable and changing temperatures, roadway runoff, and freeze-thaw cycles can make seemingly frozen surfaces unstable and dangerous. Residents should use extreme caution and keep away from frozen waterways unless it is posted safe to do so.
Falling into cold water can be life threatening and can cause hypothermia in only a matter of minutes.
Residents are encouraged to use extreme caution around frozen water and take advantage of outdoor skating opportunities at public rinks throughout the City. For resources on how to spend time outdoors safely or to find a list of City operated and community rinks, visit www.hamilton.ca/winter