December 16, 2015 - With cold weather now upon us, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue is encouraging parents and guardians to speak with their children about the dangers of walking on ice and exposure to ice cold water.

Ice conditions should be considered dangerous at all times, but they are especially dangerous early in the winter season as thick ice has not yet formed. Slippery shorelines and river banks should also be avoided.

"Public safety is our first priority and we want to remind residents to stay away from all bodies of water," said Deputy Fire Chief Greg Hankkio. "Exposure to cold water can end your life in a matter of minutes."

In cold water the temperature of your heart, brain, and other vital organs drops, leading to a loss of consciousness and drowning. It can also cause heart failure. Be safe and be smart, stay off the ice this winter season.

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Contact:  Anthony Stokaluk, Public Education Officer - Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, 625-2802, cell 631-7033 or