Mary Alice Reporting – Safety practices are highly recommended when it comes to kayakers going out on the river.
Water recreation has bloomed the past several years but officials are sending a message for individuals to have a safe experience.
New Philadelphia Fire Department Lt. Bobby Smith says anytime water is involved, unpredictable things can happen so it’s best practice to be prepared in a worst case scenario.
“If you have a storm or a bunch of logs get washed through, you may have debris that wasn’t there the last time you came through. The river’s fun but it can be dangerous. If you have a log, it can actually force you under the water.”
Adults are also encouraged to research the area before hand and take safety steps if taking a child out on the water.
Smith adds for anyone enjoying a recreational activity, to have a phone and a plan with a friend or relative of when you’re leaving and returning.
“People don’t want to take their phones around water but if you put it in a couple of zip lock bags, so if there is some kind of problem you can call for help. Have an idea when you get in the river [of your location] so you can get the right people to come if you need help.”
The use of life-jackets are also recommended in moving water, as well as dressing properly and wearing appropriate shoes.
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