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Because drowning will ruin your entire day
May 26, 2018
By B. Tanner
Play it safe: don't becoming a drowning statistic this year.
(KING COUNTY, WA.) – It’s that time of year again when lots of us head out to do rafting on rivers and swimming in area lakes.
And every year, like clockwork, between now and end of summer the drownings happen. Kids, teens, adults. All across the board.
The folks at King County have requested this fine, family oriented newspaper inform you about the preventable drownings and other tragic situations that happen every year and how to avoid becoming a statistic yourself.
“There were 16 preventable drowning deaths including two children under age 18 in King County last year,” according to a statement released by the County on Friday. “To ensure you’ll have fun visiting King County area rivers, lakes, streams or swimming pools, please plan ahead and have safety as your goal.”
To that end here’s what the Seattle-King County Public Health Dept. wants you to remember:
.......Everyone should wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when swimming when there is not a lifeguard present or when boating, tubing or rafting. For children 12 years old and younger, it’s the law on all vessels less than 19 feet.
.......Learn CPR. Ensure all family members know how to swim before going in the water.
.......Swim in areas with lifeguards. If lifeguards are not present, wear a life jacket.
.......Alcohol, marijuana, other drugs and water recreation don’t mix: Never use alcohol, marijuana or other impairing drugs during water and boating activities.
.......Watch children closely when they are in or near any type of water; stay within touching distance of small children at all times.
Dangerous conditions: River recreation is inherently dangerous. There are no lifeguards on duty, and conditions are always subject to change. With a heavy snowpack from winter melting from the Cascades, rivers in King County will have cold, fast flows for many weeks to come.
Rivers have both deep pools and shallow stretches where rocks and gravel shift seasonally, changing the nature of local swimming holes. In some areas, shallow water will seem warm but any moving or deep water could be very cold which could result in cold water shock or hypothermia.
When planning a boating or floating trip:
.......Always tell someone your route and when and where you expect to put in and take out.
.......Never boat a river alone, and, if possible, make sure there is at least one craft with oars in your group in case a rescue is needed.
.......Bring a dry bag with food, water and warm clothes.
For more information and sources of life jackets visit the King County Rivers Safety Page at www.kingcounty.gov/riversafety or search for the “Washington State Parks Lifejacket Loaner Map.”
Coupons good for 25 percent off the regular price of any life jacket in stock at Big 5 Sporting Goods are available through the Seattle Children’s Drowning Prevention Network at www.seattlechildrens.org/dp.
Have a safe and enjoyable summer, hear?