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10 tips for staying safe on the river

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140721osm raftingsafety smA great way to have fun and stay cool is to float the river on hot summer days. It's an enjoyable way to spend time with family and friends and a good reason to get outside and reconnect with nature.

Here are 10 tips to staying safe and being responsible on the river:

1. Well-fitting life vests are always required for children. It is also recommended that each adult have a proper fitting lifejacket.
2. If alcohol is legal on the river, drink responsibly. And don't forget to drink plenty of water.
3. Don’t take glass containers on the river. Broken glass can cause lacerations or punctures to you, your boat or raft.
4. If you take a cooler, make sure it is properly secured, so items don’t fall out.
5. To reduce sun exposure and glare, hats and sunglasses are a necessity, especially when you’re on the river for hours.
6. Carry a dry bag for any items you don’t want to get wet (car keys, cell phones, cameras, towels, etc.)
7. If the river is rocky, consider wearing water shoes.
8. Don’t forget sunscreen, and remember to reapply. Getting a burn while being on the river is never fun, especially after your trip. Don’t forget your ears and head if you’re short on hair up there.
9. Arrange vehicles or a shuttle for a pick-up for after you reach your destination.
10. Never float the river alone, and always make sure somebody knows where you’re launching and pulling out of the river.
Stay safe, and have fun this summer!