Hot weather reminder: Eastside Fire and Rescue shares tips for being safe on the water

Summer weather has finally arrived, which means more people are outdoors enjoying the sunshine and waterways. The recent hot weather conditions mean the public will look for ways to cool off.

Unfortunately, sun, heat, and fair-wile on boats less than 19 feet long. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe is to always wear a life jacket when fishing and playing in or near the water.

It is important to understand your limits and be aware of the water conditions.

Dangerous currents, cold water temperatures, hidden debris, and objects in the water can pose unknown hazards, and we have seen the results of those hazards on our rivers over the last few years.

Eastside Fire & Rescue offers the following tips:

• When possible, swim where lifeguards are present. Children who are in or near water must be supervised closely by a sober, attentive adult who knows how to

• Stay within designated swimming areas. Swimming beyond designated areas in lakes and rivers is a factor in the drowning deaths of Washington teenagers and adults. Be cautious of sudden drop-offs. Because rivers are constantly moving, they can carve new channels, bring trees down into the river, and create new drop-offs.

• Many rivers and lakes remain cold all summer, even if they are warm on the surface. It is hard to swim in cold water, especially when one is tired.

Hypothermia can set in quickly. Know your limits and your abilities; stop before you are too tired.

• Weather and water conditions can change quickly. Check weather forecasts and be prepared for adverse conditions.

• Set limits with 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 are with a group of friends does not mean they can rescue each other if someone gets into trouble.

For more drowning prevention information, visit .




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