The City of Red Deer is reminding residents to use caution when around community ponds, creeks, the river, and nearby trails as ice and water conditions can be hazardous.   

Fluctuating temperatures during the winter can cause upstream melting and changing water levels, which pose a serious risk to people and pets, the City of Red Deer’s website said.  

Residents are asked to obey signs and to keep pets close to ensure their safety.  

Some stormwater ponds in the city have also experienced a build-up of H2S and crews have lowered the water levels and decreased the reported levels. Lowering the water has caused the ice to break away and fall creating more unsafe conditions. Residents are reminded that these areas are never safe for recreational activities.  

Although more seasonal temperatures have returned to the area, caution should be used around any body of water.