Safe in 60: Take Precautions During Spring Runoff
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — All of the storms this winter means Utah has a great snowpack. But that also means higher than average spring runoff, which brings dangers around rivers and streams.
We see it almost every year as the weather warms up: A family outing turns tragic when a child slips away for just a second and is overcome by the extremely cold and fast moving water.
During the last decade, 43 percent of child drowning deaths in Utah occurred in open waters, according to the Utah Department of Health.
Here are some things to think about before you head into the canyons this spring and summer:
- Always keep a very close eye on your children. They are drawn to water.
- Have a designated adult watch kids at all times when you are near a stream or lake.
- Don’t forget to watch your pets – they are just as susceptible to swift water accidents.
- Learn CPR and first aid in case of an accident.
- Always wear life jackets when you recreate on an open body of water.
Spring run-off typically starts in mid-May and can sometimes last into July.
According to the CDC, nearly two thirds of all drowning deaths occur between May and August. A little extra vigilance can keep your family outings safe and fun.
Additional water safety tips: https://www.safekids.org/watersafety
To check current stream flow conditions: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ut/nwis/rt
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