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River Safety – Nobody Plans to Drown

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on May 07, 2019

With this stretch of warm weather, we want to want to remind our students and families that rivers are dangerous places to recreate. It may be tempting to jump in and cool off, but the water can be high, fast, and very cold as snow melts and hypothermia is a real risk. Logs and rocks that may cause injury are not always visible either. According to the King County Health Department you and your family can stay safe by following this advice.

  • Wear a PFD (personal flotation device.)
  • Do not use alcohol or drugs when recreating on the river.
  • Watch children closely when they are on or near any type of water; stay close enough to reach them immediately.
  • Choose safer swimming options with lifeguards present, such as a beach, lake or pool.

When planning a boating or floating trip:

  • Always tell someone your route and when and where you expect to put in and take out.
  • Have a back-up plan for emergency contact in case your trip is cut short by an unforeseen obstacle or emergency.
  • Never float the river alone and, if possible, make sure there is at least one oared craft in your group in case a rescue is needed.
  • Bring a dry bag with food, water, and warm clothes.