Water Safety Tips from Spokane Fire Department

Water Safety Tips from Spokane Fire Department

Tour Commander, 509.625.7100

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 4:09 p.m.

As summer season temperatures arrive, Spokane Fire encourages our neighborhood to be cautious round pure waterways. 

While it’s heat exterior, the water remains to be chilly and will trigger a shock to your system. Water rescues are usually not unusual in Spokane.

Before you head out listed below are some easy security tips to bear in mind.

Personal Floatation Devices

A private floatation system is without doubt one of the best items of security gear within the water, and it solely works when you put on it. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, anybody can drown no matter age or swimming functionality. Especially in cold water, and lots of of Washington’s waterways are chilly year-round. 

Life jacket, life vest, private floatation system. They go by many names. Whatever you select to name it,  under are some normal tips for choosing and sustaining your PFD.

  1. Find one you’ll really put on. Choosing the correct life jacket requires analysis. Your physique sort and swimming abilities, together with the kind of exercise and setting, should be thought of.

  2. Read the label and perceive efficiency ranges, warnings, supposed use, and upkeep necessities. Make certain it’s U.S. Coast Guard-approved.

  3. Learn how you can correctly match a life jacket. It wants to assist hold your head above the water. It ought to match snugly and comfortably sufficient to be worn always.

  4. Maintain your system by drying it correctly and preserving it clear. Regularly verify for put on and tear.

  5. Know the legal guidelines. Federal and state legal guidelines, in addition to native ordinances, might range relying on the physique of water and time of yr.

Water Conditions

Our river is chilly. Water rescues are usually not unusual in Spokane. Our water rescue workforce has already responded to a number of water rescues this season. We perceive the impression of chilly water.

If you canoeing, paddleboarding, kayaking or floating and fall into water that’s barely 50 levels, hypothermia can set in shortly and be life-threatening. People recreating on Spokane’s pure waters are urged to put on a correctly fitted private floatation system.

And earlier than getting into the water, scout the realm and know your limitations. Choose a location that matches your capacity and recreation.

Off the water, we remind all recreationists to observe native Health Department steerage when moving into the water. Keep bodily distance and/or masking suggestions in thoughts when round different folks if water entry areas seem crowded.

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