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Beware of slush on lakes

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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is advising the public to plan ahead when it comes to recreational snowmobiling. In the past few weeks there has been a surge in calls for help from stranded sledders on local lakes.

The substantial snowfall this winter has produced extreme slush conditions wreaking havoc on area lakes.

There are a number of concerns in regards to these types of calls including location and time. With a drastic drop in temperatures during the night, getting stuck in slush could quickly become a life and death situation.

If you are going sledding please plan ahead.

  • Check ice conditions on the route you are taking, avoid unknown lakes;
  • Ensure you have a charged cell phone and an extra power supply. Keep them in a warm pocket;
  • Stay on approved trails and don't venture into unknown areas;
  • Avoid alcohol consumption while sledding;
  • Always travel in pairs, never alone;
  • Dress in layers and bring an extra set of mitts/socks;
  • Always carry an axe and small shovel in case of an emergency;
  • Bring a lighter and paper in your backpack;
  • Advise someone of your plans and when you will be back;
  • Try not to travel at night and reduce your speed;
  • Bring snacks (granola bars) and water; and
  • If you get stuck, monitor your body for signs of hypothermia.
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