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Water safety should be top of mind as temperature soars

Last Updated Jul 23, 2019 at 2:30 pm MST

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CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The 30-degree weather will have a lot of us seeking out a way to keep cool, but the Calgary Fire Department wants you to think safety first if you’re planning to float down the Bow or Elbow Rivers.

Deputy Chief Pete Steenaerts was on Breakfast Television Tuesday morning. He says to make sure to wear life jackets, and don’t tie rafts together.

“The ropes and pieces that they tie themselves together with create a huge hazard,” he explained. “They can get hung up on bridge abutments, rocks, other debris.

“Life jackets are mandatory on Calgary waterways. Failure to wear them is actually a $500 fine and a mandatory court appearance. It’s not enough to just have them in your boat or in your raft. You have to be physically wearing them.”

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If you want a more sedate way to cool off, City of Calgary outdoor pools are open until 9 p.m.

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