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Our rivers are wonderful resources
and should be enjoyed but they can be very dangerous. Even
with all we know
the most important thing that we can
all use to be safe on the rivers is COMMON SENSE.
Rivers are inherently dangerous places to recreate. The
water can be high, swift and cold as mountain snowpack
melts, making staying in control and hypothermia real risks.
Rivers are very dynamic systems that change constantly. Logs
and rocks, both visible and hidden, pose navigation hazards.
Be Aware of Hazards
cautious anytime you or your family are near rivers and
streams. Consider these precautions as spring snow melts and
rivers and streams rise:
• Water Temperature:
Rivers can be extremely cold below the surface.
Hypothermia can quickly set in and overwhelm even the
strongest of swimmers, causing them to become too weak to
Currents: In as little as six inches,
water that may look calm on the surface and slow-moving can
have enough force to knock you off your feet and sweep you
downstream. Even a slow current can take you where you don't
want to go, towards hazards, and leave strong swimmers
unable to reach the shore.
Water Hazards: Underwater Debris, trees, branches and
logs, and even narrow gaps between rocks under
the water can trap you.
1. Never Swim Alone
Stop and think every time you go! Rivers are always
changing, do not assume that because it was safe last summer
or last week, that it is safe now!
2. Avoid Alcohol around water
Alcohol use is involved in up to 50% of adolescent and adult
deaths associated with water recreation. Alcohol impairs
judgement, encourages greater risk taking behavior, reduces
coordination, impairs reaction time and reduces the
effectiveness of CPR, should someone require it.
3. Wear a lifejacket -
Nobody plans to drown
In 2013, there were 103 unintentional drowning deaths
in Washington; 13 were of children younger than 18 years
old. Children or inexperienced swimmers should always wear a
Coast Guard approved lifejacket when around water. It may
not seem cool but it can save your life.
4. Set limits for your children
When they can go in the water, where they can go, who needs
to be there and what they should have with them. Just
because they’re with a group of friends does not mean they
can rescue each other if someone gets into trouble. Young
children need to be watched at all times. It can take only
20 to 60 seconds for a child to submerge without warning.
5. Know your limits
If you’re not a good swimmer or just learning to swim stay
out of currents and do not go in water that’s over your
head. Knowing how to swim is important for anyone who spends
time near or on the water. Make sure your children learn to
swim, and upgrade their swimming skills each year.
FIRE DISTRICT RECOMMENDS
THE USE OF LIFE JACKETS ON THE SNOQUALMIE RIVER
Fire District 27 recommends the
of life jackets while recreating in or near the river. The
warm weather and cold water can create a deadly combination.
Swimmers can suffer from cold-water shock after just a few
minutes in the water. If you do decide to go in the
river use extreme caution and wear a life jacket!
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