Durango Fire & Resuce

Water Safety Makes for a Fun Summer

Durango Fire Protection District is reminding the community to be proactive in regards to water safety. Durango Fire Protection District responded to fourteen water rescues with 1 fatality in 2015, all associated with activities in the Animas River. In the first six months of 2014 there were seventeen drowning deaths in Colorado in activities predominantly related to whitewater and on Mother’s Day this year a mother lost two of her boys.

Many drownings and near drownings occur in swift flowing rivers but flat water and irrigation ditches can be just as deadly.

The following tips can help prevent an unfortunate incident:

Know your skill limitations;

  • Wear appropriate safety gear for the activity including helmets, life jackets, throw bags, etc.;
  • Teach your children to swim as they are fascinated by water;
  • Be aware that water in our area is cold and children are susceptible to hypothermia;
  • Let people know what your plans are, such as “I am going paddling on the Animas River from 32nd street north to Oxbow Park leaving at 0900 hours and returning at 1100 hours”; and
  • Paddle with a partner.