Hypothermia is a risk in rivers and lakes during hot weather

June 29, 2013

By Contributed

The city of Snoqualmie is warning that temperatures in the region are expected to climb into the 80s over the weekend, and possibly into the 90s by early next week. When cooling off in rivers or lakes, use extreme caution.

Although it may be a hot day, the water can be cold, making hypothermia a high risk. River temperatures can still be in the 40-degree range due to snow melt – and lakes aren’t that much warmer.

Branches, wood and rocks that were moved around by winter storms are exposed and create additional hazards as river levels begin to drop in the summer. When possible, choose a safer swimming option such as a pool, lake or beachfront where a lifeguard is present.

Children should wear life vests even in shallow waters. State law requires that children ages 12 and younger wear a life jacket at all times on water vessels less than 19 feet long, including canoes and kayaks. Affordable life jacket sources and more information on river safety are available at www.kingcounty.gov (search “River Safety”).

 

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