Water and Canal Safety

MID is committed to water and canal safety.  We believe in working together with the community to educate our children about the dangers of canals and open waterways. MID has several water safety community outreach programs including our Annual Water & Canal Safety Contest.

MAY 2021 MID WATER & CANAL SAFETY CONTEST

GRAND PRIZE WINNERS:

CANAL AND WATER SAFETY TIPS

  • Learn to swim if you do not know how
  • Swim & play in safe places (Swimming pools, waterslides, water toys)
  • When in a safe swimming place, like a pool, NEVER swim alone, Always have a grown-up or lifeguard present
  • NEVER dive head first – Feet first only
  • NEVER, EVER swim or play in canals

CANALS ARE NOT FOR SWIMMING OR PLAY

  • Canals contain water that is quickly moving. Fast-moving water in a narrow channel can knock a person off their feet. Even water that is only a foot deep, if it is moving fast enough, would cause you to lose your balance and be carried away.
  • Debris (trash and garbage) and dangerous things can be found in canals.
  • Dry canals are not safe because there is no way to know when water may be released and you may be trapped by a surge of water.
  • Canals can have deep water. If you cannot swim or if you are hurt, falling into deep water could prove fatal. In addition to swift currents, irrigation canals may have undertows and turbulence that could drag even a strong swimmer underwater.
  • Ladder rungs on the side of canals are used by workers when cleaning and repairing canals. Ladders are not there to encourage swimming.
  • Canals have steep slopes and slippery walls. The concrete or earthen sides of ditches and canals are sometimes steep and possibly slippery, making them difficult to climb out.
  • Canals have grates, culverts, spillways, and in-water energy dissipation devices. If a person were to fall into a water-filled ditch or canal, additional hazards include becoming caught up in or striking an object or structure. This may cause someone to become submerged and/or lose consciousness.
  • Muddy or murky water makes it hard to see a person. The water’s helical motion makes it difficult to swim to safety.
  • Canal temperature is about 55 degrees and can cause hypothermia. Hypothermia is a condition that causes a person’s body temperature to abnormally drop, causing stiffness, so that a person cannot move or swim to safety.

STAY SAFE, STAY OUT OF CANALS!

WATER AND CANAL SAFETY RESOURCES

MID Water and Canal Safety Booth at Merced Art Hop 

 

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