Make sure that you understand your required duties before installing a dock bubbler in front of your property.
Below is the section from the Canadian Criminal Code that relates to creating openings in ice:
Duty to safeguard opening in ice
(1) Every one who makes or causes to be made an opening in ice that is open to or frequented by the public is under a legal duty to guard it in a manner that is adequate to prevent persons from falling in by accident and is adequate to warn them that the opening exists.
(2) Every one who leaves an excavation on land that he owns or of which he has charge or supervision is under a legal duty to guard it in a manner that is adequate to prevent persons from falling in by accident and is adequate to warn them that the excavation exists.
(3) Every one who fails to perform a duty imposed by subsection (1) or (2) is guilty of
(a) manslaughter, if the death of any person results therefrom;
(b) an offence under section 269, if bodily harm to any person results therefrom; or
(c) an offence punishable on summary conviction.
Marginal note:Criminal harassment
Cottage Life Magazine recently published the following article on Dock Bubblers "Should you install de-icers at the lake?"