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PF&R advice on staying safe near water this Memorial Day Weekend – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-05-29 19:39:45 –

People enjoying a summer day along the Columbia River in northeastern Portland, July 28, 2020. (KOIN)

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) — With long weekends and sunny weather, Portland Fire & Rescue expects more people to head to the ocean.

This means more water rescue and the possibility of heat-related medical events.

Fire authorities have informed everyone in Oregon that anyone under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket. Parents need to make sure that life jackets fit the activity properly and properly, said Tommy Schroeder, a PF & R spokesperson.

According to Schroeder, more than half of the drowning in 2020 could have been prevented by wearing properly worn life preservers.

Schroeder said that if you plan to swim, avoid waterways and stay away from public boat docks and ramps.

“People will flood the river,” Schroeder said. “Portland has a lot of great little beaches and lots of docks where people can swim. The important thing is to know your limits. Many people have strong currents on the Willamette and Columbia rivers. You won’t necessarily notice. You should always bring your partner in case you get into trouble. “

Schroeder also reminds everyone that it’s important to drink plenty of water and reduce alcohol intake, as many expect dehydration this weekend.

Schroeder calls on pets to be protected by not leaving them in hot cars.

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