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With Warmer Temperatures Comes Safety Concerns


CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office media line: 

The Snohomish River, looking north, in April 2014.

With warmer temperatures forecast for the week, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has compiled the following list of reminders, tips and resources to help our communities stay safe:

  •          Children should never be left unattended in a vehicle.
  •          When children are playing in and around water, they should always be accompanied by an adult, even if they know how to swim or are wearing a life jacket.
  •          Check on your elderly and ill neighbors.
  •          Enjoy our county water areas safely:  Lake and coastal water temperatures range from 55º F to 60º F. Because the human body can cool down 25 times faster in cold water than air, hypothermia is a real danger in our Snohomish County waters. A healthy adult can become exhausted and even unconscious in just 30 minutes in 55º F water. (see more at : Beautiful but Deadly: Water Safety and Awareness)
  •          Secure your vehicle at parks and trail heads. The arrival of warmer spring weather heralds an increase of car prowls and thefts from vehicles parked at trailheads and parks. (see more at:  Spring Weather = Increase in Car Prowling)
  •          Starting 2014, all persons operating power boats who are under the age of 60 are required to have a Washington State Mandatory Boater Education card.  

More water and warm weather safety resources can be found here: