Stay Out and Stay Alive
With temperatures hitting the 100 mark in the Solano County area recently, any body of water seems like a great place to cool off, but irrigation ditches and canals are ones you should steer clear of. They may look inviting and refreshing, but they are actually extremely dangerous to enter.
Irrigation canals typically have fast underwater currents that can sweep away even the strongest swimmer, leaving them helpless to escape. Additionally, many canals have steep, slippery sides that are nearly impossible to crawl out of.
Irrigation ditches are not as large, but are equally dangerous because they can contain trash and other debris that you cannot see from the surface.
Here's a few tips on keeping you and your family safe near irrigation canals and ditches:
*Never swim in or play around canals or irrigation ditches
*Never walk closely along the edge of a canal or irrigation ditch
*Never jump in to rescue a pet or object. Instead call 911 for help.
We all want to try to beat the heat this summer, but SERVPRO of Vacaville wants to help you stay safe by knowing these tips for irrigation canal safety.