With warmer temperatures expected this week, Toronto Police Service’s Marine Unit is advising people to steer clear of natural ice surfaces on open bodies of water.
The warning, which applies to open water and Storm Water Management pond ice, comes just two days after a Toronto police officer, a Toronto firefighter, and a civilian were transported to hospital to be checked for symptoms of hypothermia after falling into the frigid waters of Grenadier Pond to rescue a dog.
“As spring run-off starts, road salt can also make its way into Toronto’s lakes, rivers, streams and ponds. This increases the instability of ice,” Toronto Police service’s Marine Unit said in a release Monday, March 20.
“Storm water sewers also drain into retention ponds, many of which are located in our parks, including Grenadier Pond at High Park.”
People are advised to call 9-1-1 in an emergency
Call the Marine Unit at 416-808-5812 for more information about water safety.