For Immediate Release
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Division Chief/Fire Marshal Dale Lyman, 970-350-9511;
Subject: Water Safety Near Ditches, Rivers and Streams
The Greeley Fire Department would like to remind residents to practice water safety around moving water. As rivers, creeks, and ditches fill with water in our community so does the risk of water related accidents and drowning, especially among children. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old. And it’s the third leading cause of death among all children.
People should avoid swimming and playing in drainage ditches, irrigation ditches and even unfamiliar creeks and rivers. After heavy rains, they can quickly change into raging rivers that can easily take a human life. Even the strongest swimmers are no match for the power of the water. Fast water and debris in the current make ditches very extremely dangerous. The reason that so many people drown during flooding is because few of them realize the incredible power of water. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult and easily sweep away a child. It takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away a vehicle. This includes pickups and SUVs. Even the simple act of cooling your feet in a river or stream during a hike can quickly turn tragic as rocks, logs or other objects along the bodily of water are extremely slippery.
Drowning and near drowning can be prevented, and you can help! Below are some useful tips to prevent these needless tragedies.
• Know where your children are at all times
• Never allow children to be alone near a pool or any water source especially ditches, streams, or rivers.
• Always have a “designated child watcher”
• Teach children not to dive into oceans, lakes or rivers because they may not know how deep the water is or what might be hidden under the surface of the water.