Be Safe And Always Think Water Safety whether in a lake or a swimming pool.
The MLRA wishes everyone a Happy and SAFE Summer!
Always think water safety and wear a life jacket when on or near water.
As part of the MLRA Lake Watch initiative, the MLRA added a “Water Safety Tips” section on the home page. Also as part of that same initiative we are going to continue to post articles and information about water safety on the MLRA website to help educate residents and visitors to the Lake about water safety.
Never Without My Life Jacket
– Canadian Red Cross
Please make sure that you read the posting below thoroughly and pass the information along. Also please make sure that any visitors that you may have to the Lake are aware of WATER SAFETY. You may save a life!
MLRA Earth Day Community Clean Event Was A Success.
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The MLRA would like to extend a our sincere thanks to all of our sponsors and everyone from our community who came out to help support our annual Musselman’s Lake Earth Day Community Clean-up.
Saturday April 22nd was a great day here at the Lake despite the cold weather and through your efforts and generosity we all made a positive, noticeable difference to our community and the environment.
Thank you all for your contributions and for dedicating your time and hard work to help make our Community Clean-up a success and a day to remember. We couldn’t have done it without you!
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This event was made possible with the help of:
Most Excellent Productions
Cedar Beach Resort
Tiny Seedlings for it wonderful food
United Soils, for “Dusty” the sweeper
The Town of Stouffville and Maurice Smith for all of their help
George at the Coolest Little Ice Cream shop for free Ice Cream
In cold weather you should wear multiple layers of dry clothing, a wind or waterproof outer layer and a PFD or lifejacket.
Cold water protection gear can also be worn. Some examples are:
Your skin and blood temperature in your arms and legs drop quickly
You start shivering
You may have trouble breathing and be unable to use your hands
The temperature of your heart, brain, and other organs drops gradually
You may become unconscious, and if you are in the water, you may drown
If your body temperature drops further, you can die of heart failure
What are the signs?
Poor coordination of movements
Slowing down and falling behind
Numb hands and feet leading to stumbling and clumsiness
Dazed, confused, careless or forgetful behavior
Slowed or slurred speech; slow response to questions
Decreased attention span
Increasing your odds
Try to get your body out of the water. Climb onto the boat. Haul yourself onto a log or dock. Grab onto a floating object. Cold water depletes body heat faster than air.
If you are alone and if you are wearing a Canadian-approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD), slow down body heat loss through the Heat Escape Lessening Position (HELP). The HELP position can increase your survival time by 50%.
Cross your arms tightly against your chest and draw your knees up. Remain calm and still. Do not try to swim. Unnecessary movement will use energy that your body requires to survive. Practice the HELP position with a friend in warm water!
If you are with other people wearing PFDs, everyone should ‘HUDDLE’. You may increase your group’s survival time by 50%.
HUDDLE with everyone’s chests and sides close together. Intertwine legs and extend your arms around the people next to you.
How do I prepare?
Wear a Canadian-approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD).
Some PFDs provide insulation against cold water.
Wear a whistle on your PFD or clothing. A whistle can be used to signal for help.
In cool weather, wear rain gear over and/or wool clothes under your PFD. Wool insulates even when wet. Wear layers of clothing and a hat. As much as 60% of body heat loss occurs from the head.
Carry matches in a waterproof container. A fire can help you warm up after exposure to cold or can help you signal for assistance.
Check with your local weather office before you head out. Be alert to changes in the weather that could influence your safety.
Be prepared. Don’t go out alone. Tell a responsible person where you are going and when you plan to return.
It is always a good idea to leave a trip plan before going out on the water. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. A trip plan can be left with your local Coast Guard, a marina, friend or relative. Do not deviate from your filed trip plan.
Know your craft and how to handle it in both calm and rough conditions. Do not overload.
Avoid the use of alcohol. It doesn’t warm you up and will interfere with your ability to make critical judgments.
Many factors affect ice thickness including: type of water, location, the time of year and other environmental factors such as:
Water depth and size of body of water.
Currents, tides and other moving water.
Chemicals including salt.
Fluctuations in water levels.
Logs, rocks and docks absorbing heat from the sun.
Changing air temperature.
Shock waves from vehicles traveling on the ice.
The colour of ice may be an indication of its strength.
Clear blue ice is strongest.
White opaque or snow ice is half as strong as blue ice. Opaque ice is formed by wet snow freezing on the ice.
Grey ice is unsafe. The grayness indicates the presence of water.
Check with local authorities before heading out. Avoid going out on ice at night.
When You Are Alone On Ice
If you get into trouble on ice and you’re by yourself:
Call for help.
Resist the immediate urge to climb back out where you fell in. The ice is weak in this area.
Use the air trapped in your clothing to get into a floating position on your stomach.
Reach forward onto the broken ice without pushing down. Kick your legs to push your torso on the ice.
When you are back on the ice, crawl on your stomach or roll away from the open area with your arms and legs spread out as far as possible to evenly distribute your body weight. Do not stand up! Look for shore and make sure you are going in the right direction.
When You Are With Others On Ice
Rescuing another person from ice can be dangerous. The safest way to perform a rescue is from shore.
Call for help. Consider whether you can quickly get help from trained professionals (police, fire fighters or ambulance) or bystanders.
Check if you can reach the person using a long pole or branch from shore – if so, lie down and extend the pole to the person.
If you go onto ice, wear a PFD and carry a long pole or branch to test the ice in front of you. Bring something to reach or throw to the person (e.g. pole, weighted rope, line or tree branch).
When near the break, lie down to distribute your weight and slowly crawl toward the hole.
Remaining low, extend or throw your emergency rescue device (pole, rope, line or branch) to the person.
Have the person kick while you pull them out.
Move the person to a safe position on shore or where you are sure the ice is thick. Signal for help.
WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE, ON – On Saturday January 14, Whitchurch-Stouffville Fire and Emergency Services, Station 52, responded to a call of an injured deer on the frozen ice of Musselman’s Lake. Upon arrival, emergency crews found the deer in distress. It appeared to have been attacked by numerous coyotes.
Mayor Altmann and the Mayor’s Community Fund committee are to be commended for honouring the essential work, groups and organizations do in the community.
Kyle Jenkin on behalf of the MLRA is receiving award from Mayor Altmann
On Wednesday December the 14th, the MLRA was one of 36 recipients of a monetary award from the Mayor’s Community Fund. This fund is used to recognize groups and organizations that are involved in the betterment of our community. Kyle Jenkin and Lisa Gallager-White attended the celebration at the Royal Canadian Legion and accepted the cheque on behalf of the MLRA.
The MLRA will be using these funds for environmental projects. Along with other monies that we continue to raise through various fundraising campaigns the funds will enable us to monitor and maintain the health of our amazing Lake and community.
LSRCA Watershed Heroes award given to the MLRA
Thanks to the MLRA membership, and the community, this is not the first time the MLRA has been recognized for its work. The LSRCA in 2011 honoured the MLRA by awarding it one of the ecologically prestigious Water Shed Heroes Awards.
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