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Use caution, local waterways are still fast and cold

Historically, King County Fire District 44 responds to several incidents on the Green and White Rivers during the spring months.

This is generally because the sun comes out, the weather is warm and people go relax by or in local rivers but they are unprepared. The rivers in Western Washington this time of year can be dangerous because the current if fast, the water is cold, and there is debris in the water that may trap a person.

Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the US and Washington State is second in the country for children.

Know Your Limits

Keep children and pets out of the water, especially if it has a current. You may need keep children in eyesight at all time and keep pets on leash. Be sure to have the proper equipment such as wet suits, proper boat for the location, and a whistle for communication. It is also important to let friends and/or family know where you are going to be and when you are going to be home.

Know The Water

Washington waters can be cold and cause hypothermia even in warm weather. Check the conditions, consult with professionals, and don’t get in if it is too dangerous. Get to know the hazards with the water such as currents, tides, downed trees, and access points.

Wear A Life Jacket

Life jackets are available at most sporting goods stores and come in all sizes for adults, children and even pets. 75 percent of boating fatalities could have been prevented if the person was wearing a proper life jacket.

The temperature this weekend may get up into the eighties so we expect to see people on or near the water.  The current river levels on the Green River dangerously high and we urge people to stay off the river this weekend.

 

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