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Water Safety Information

Millions of citizens enjoy recreating on waters associated with Reclamation facilities. Make sure your friends and family are protected by planning and discussing the safety aspects of your outing.

There have been too many tragic drowning incidents related to recreation on the water. High water flows and structures present hazards that can contain forces beyond appearances.

The animation below depicts how you can get caught up in a low head dam.

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While recreating on or near the water use these strategies to avoid danger:

Be knowledgeable of the water and environment you are in and its potential hazards. Be aware of deep and shallow areas, currents, changes in depth, and obstructions. Know where the entry and exit points are.

Water Safety Public Service Announcement (PSA)

It's hot and water is where the fun's at - but water isn't always friendly.

The Bureau of Reclamation urges those enjoying our nation's lakes and reservoirs to use extreme caution during this time of dangerously high water conditions.

Reclamation reminds recreationists to always be knowledgeable of the water environment you are in and pay attention to potential hazards, such as: deep and shallow areas, currents, depth changes, obstructions and where entry and exit points are located.

Children or inexperienced swimmers should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device or life-jacket when around water.

Click here to listen to the PSA.

Front Cover of Otto Otter For Safe Canals Coloring BookWater Wise with Otto Otter Podcast

Podcast Date: May 15, 2009

Running Time: 9 minutes 36 seconds

Synopsis: For millions of visitors, spring means it's time to pack up and head for the nearest reservoir for fun and recreation on the water. Swimming, boating, jet skiing, sailing or trying your luck with a rod and
reel are great ways to get away from it all and beat the heat all summer long. However you mix water and fun, the most important thing is to enjoy it safely...

Episode 3: Water Wise with Otto Otter      [Text Transcript]

Otto Otter: For Safe Canals (Coloring Book: in English and Spanish)

Last Updated: March 12, 2013

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