Have fun on the water, but be safe

With the 4th of July holiday approaching and the temperatures rising, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind you of the basic rules of water safety.  It is a beautiful time of year in the north state with all of the opportunities we have to be around the water.  Some things to think about and to plan ahead when preparing to go to the lake or river.

  • You should only use US Coast Guard Approved life jackets.
  • All children under 13 must be wearing a life jacket while traveling in a boat.
  •  Never leave a child unobserved around water.
  •  Set water  safety rules for the whole family based on swimming abilities.
  •  Learn to Swim.  The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around water is learn to swim.
  •  Be knowledgeable of the water environment and its potential hazards, such as deep and shallow areas, currents, depth changes, obstructions, and where the entry and exit points are located.
  •  Stay clear of the rear of a vessel, especially when it is running.  The prop can be extremely dangerous. You can also be exposed to Carbon Monoxide from the engine’s exhaust.
  •  Watch out for the dangerous “too’s” – Too tired, Too cold, Too far from safety, Too much sun, Too much strenuous activity
  •  Alcohol and boating don’t mix!  Over 50% of drowning result from boating accidents involving alcohol.
  • Sun, wind, boat and wave action intensify the effects of alcohol.
  • Boating under the influence is the same as driving under the influence (.08% BAC)
  • If it is your boat, then it is your responsibility.

On behalf of the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office we would like you to keep this in mind when visiting the waterways of Shasta County.  Please be safe, be careful, and have fun.

 – Press Release

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