Summertime Safety Tips

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — The Grand Valley is home to several fun outdoor activities including biking, kayaking, fishing, and paddleboarding.

Before you head outside to soak up the sun this summer, remember to pack a bag with everything you’ll need for the day and stay safe.

Megan Terlecky from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department says it’s important to always plan ahead before heading out to recreate, “we also recommend that people have a plan before they go out to recreate anywhere, especially on the river. The river is constantly changing, hazards are changing, so it’s important that you go out and have an idea what you’re getting into before you do that.”

Rick Krueger from the Mesa County Search and Rescue team says, “The Colorado River has a lot of trees and snags things in it and as the river level goes down the channels force you into the banks and at that point, if there’s a tree or a log or something there stuck in the river, you’re going to be swept into that.”

David Amburgey, a resident of Grand Junction says, “you know we do white rapids on the Arkansas,  but we can’t take the dog on that, so when we want to take the dog, we just come here, float the river, there’s a lot of people doing it and it seems a great way to spend the day.”

Terlecky adds a few more additional tips for community members to remember before heading outdoors this summer, “be prepared, wear a life jacket or personal flotation device, they’re free and easy to use, and make sure you carry enough supplies for you and the rest of the people in your party.”

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