Monday, May 22, 2017

Clackamas Fire District #1 encourages water safety as temperatures rise


News Release from Clackamas Fire Dist. #1
Posted on FlashAlert: May 22nd, 2017 3:02 PM
Clackamas Fire District #1 encourages water safety as temperatures rise this week. Clackamas Fire is encouraging safety on the water as large crowds are expected to head for county rivers and waterways over the next several days as temperatures approach the mid-80 degrees.

Air temperatures may feel hot and water may feel or appear warm, but temperatures can be extremely cold below the surface. Hypothermia can quickly set in and overwhelm even the strongest of swimmers, becoming too weak to escape.
All river and waterway users should come prepared with personal flotation devices (PFDs) that should be worn at all times on the water. Swimmers are strongly advised to wear a life jacket.
Important river safety tips include:

*Wear a life jacket
*Have a whistle or noisemaker in case you need to call for help
*Don't swim alone
*Be aware of high river levels and branches and other objects just below the surface
*Don't dive into water unless you are sure of the depth
*Don't leave children unattended in or near the water
*Know your limits and don't overexert yourself
*Don't drink alcohol during water activities, including swimming and boating

For more information, members of the media or the public may contact Public Information Officer Steve Hoffeditz at 503.742.2693.
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