A warning from Vermont’ Public Safety Commissioner to keep in mind with all the heavy rain this summer that the waterways that folks use for swimming could be dangerous.
“Heavy rain this summer has caused our waterways to rise and currents to increase, so it’s even more important for all to be alert and careful as they enjoy our lakes, ponds and rivers this summer,” Public Safety Commissioner Tom Anderson said.
“Swimming accidents can occur even when precautions are taken, so we urge Vermonters, and our visitors, to exercise caution, and not take anything for granted when venturing into or near the water,” added Anderson.
Officials offer the following tips before your head out to swim.
• Be aware of your surroundings – including the current and location of rocks
• Beware of slippery rocks – many accidents at swimming holes are caused by falls from slippery rocks • Know the conditions – has it rained recently and has it influenced the current?
• Swim sober – drugs and alcohol can dull your senses, impair your judgement, and slow response time.
• Be realistic about your abilities – understand your strength, abilities, and shortcomings as a swimmer.