CANAL & WATER SAFETY
Acres of crops and orchards conceal more drowning hazards than you may think. In addition to canals, there are farm ponds, slurry storage pits, water-filled well tailings pits and wells. The best advice is to just stay away from them.
- Fast-moving water can knock you off your feet and carry you a long way, even if it’s only a foot deep!
- Swift undercurrents and turbulence can drag you under and keep you there, even if you are an excellent swimmer.
- The sides of a canal, whether concrete or dirt, are often steep and slippery, which makes them almost impossible to climb.
- Stay away from grates, culverts and spillways. They can also be hazardous.