Saskatoon Fireplace Division says ponds secure for winter actions

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Signage at storm water retention ponds designated for skating has been changed to indicate that ice is now thick enough.

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The Saskatoon Fire Department has finished testing the ice at community storm retention ponds around the city.

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With results showing ice on the ponds has reached the minimum safe thickness of just over 20 centimetres, the fire department issued a media release Wednesday announcing the ponds are safe for skating.

Signage at ponds designated for winter recreational use has been changed to indicate the ice is safe for use.

People were asked to check the signage each time they head out to skate and were reminded that they are responsible for using the ponds safely, as well as any flooding, shovelling or other maintenance.

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