PG&E provides water safety tips as temperatures rise

When the temperature rises, you will want to fly into the water. But you will want to be safe in doing so. PG & E offers some safety tips. If you enjoy the water.

Understand that when heading to a lake or river, the water is still very cold and diving can cause cardiac arrest, temporary paralysis, hypothermia, or drowning. Of course, always wear a life jacket and be sure to supervise your child.

Know your limits, as swimming in open water is difficult, unlike swimming in the pool. Also, all children under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket when boarding a boat.

Below is a complete list from PG & E.

Understand water safety in general

Follow these guidelines when visiting reservoirs, rivers, or other bodies of water.

  • Follow all warning signs and restricted buoys when swimming or boarding a boat.
  • Use the buddy system. That is, do not fish, swim, boat or raft alone.
  • Do not dive into or dive into strange or shallow water. Submersion of trees or rocks can cause serious injury.
  • Always wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket in and around water, even when water levels are low.
  • Do not suddenly immerse in cold water. This behavior stimulates the gasping reflex and can cause involuntary inhalation of air and water. The gasping reflex can cause cardiac arrest, temporary paralysis, hypothermia, and drowning.
  • Tell your children that swimming in open water is different from swimming in the pool. They need to be aware of bumpy surfaces, ocean currents and ebb tides. They also need to be aware of signs of changing weather.
  • Actively supervise children around the water. Pay close attention to them.
  • Follow all warning signs in campgrounds, fishing areas and picnic areas under dams.
  • Plan with your family so that everyone can get out of the water right away.

Ensuring safety around dams and reservoirs

Designed for hydropower, the reservoir also provides a recreation area for camping, picnics, boating, fishing and hiking. Take the following precautions around dams and reservoirs:

  • Keep away from spillways and water intake areas. These areas are dangerous to play as water can infiltrate.
  • Do not swim or play near dams or power plants. In these areas, there is the potential for strong ocean currents, sudden water releases, slippery surfaces, and the risk of submersion.
  • Follow all warning signs and restriction buoys. These warnings are intended to keep people away from areas where water activity can change suddenly, which can pose a risk of injury or death.

Get a list of dams and reservoirs in California.visit Dam list Opens in a new window.

Ensuring boat safety in the reservoir

Observe all laws and requirements when boarding a boat in a reservoir. Use the following safety guidelines.

  • Plan ahead and be prepared for changing weather.
  • Before boarding the boat, please submit a float plan, a written statement detailing your trip. If you don’t get back on schedule, leave the float plan to someone you can trust and notify the Coast Guard.
  • Do not operate the boat while drunk.
  • Know your skill level.

Find out more about boating in the reservoir.visit CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS – Division of Boating and Waterways Opens in a new window.

Ensuring safety in rivers, streams and other waterways

Many waterways in northern California are part of a vast hydropower system, with dams located upstream and downstream of the most popular recreation areas. At certain times of the year, water levels and river flows can change suddenly. Heavy rains, thaw, or the use of generators can turn a waterway from a slow stream into a raging river in minutes. Use the following tips to protect yourself and your family in these areas.

  • Always pay attention and be aware of your surroundings. Dams hidden from sight can still have unexpected effects on water.
  • Look for changes in water level, including the effects of rain and thaw.
  • Be aware of your location when the power plant is near or across a stream.
  • Please note that some roads and paths may become inaccessible after flooding. Excess water can temporarily flood these areas.
  • Learn the meaning of power plant warning signs, strobe lights and sirens. If you see a warning, move to a safe place.

Ensuring safety near canals, waterways and penstocks

Canals, waterways, and penstocks move water from one part of a hydropower system to another. Canals and waterways may look attractive, but they can be very dangerous because the amount of water in them can grow rapidly. Use the following tips to stay safe near these areas.

  • Never enter waterways or canals. The water looks calm, but very powerful.
  • Avoid water currents. The flume has steep, slippery sides and contains icy cold water. Getting out of a canal or waterway is very difficult.
  • Follow all warning signs and do not play on or near canals or waterways.
  • If you drop your personal belongings on a canal or waterway, leave them alone. Recovering it is not worth the risk of injury or death.

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