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Reno Fire Department emphasizes river safety

River recreation by the general public is still considered dangerous at this time

Post Date:06/26/2019 12:49 PM

In its recent episode of the Re-Know Minute, the City of Reno is reminding residents to be water safe this summer, particularly around the Truckee River, which is still flowing fast and cold.

The Reno Fire Department is still urging the general public to avoid river recreation at this time.

“With many area children enjoying their summer breaks and warm temperatures in the forecast, we know that there will be increased interest in our area rivers,” Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran said. “We urge families to be safe around the water this time of year, as flows are still very fast and the water is extremely cold.”

Key public safety messages include:

  • River flows are extremely fast this year, and river recreation by the general public is not advised at this time.
  • Consider waiting to float or swim the Truckee River until flows subside.
  • An unprepared person entering the water may experience hypothermia within several minutes, affecting their ability to swim and make decisions, leading to drowning.
  • If you do decide to go in the river, always wear a life jacket, helmet, thermal protection and sturdy shoes for river recreation.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use drugs when boating or tubing.
  • Never go into the river alone.
  • Have a plan and a rendezvous point in case you become separated.
  • Let a friend or family member know when you plan to return.
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