Waterways Safety

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The Whitehorse Fire Department would like to remind citizens of the dangers posed by our Yukon rivers, lakes and ponds. Our waterways are often high and swift from rains and snow melt can easily overwhelm the strongest swimmer.

With the hot summer days that we have experienced over the last couple of weeks these waters still remain very cold and dangerous year-round. The surface of the water is often warmer than what it is below and hypothermia can occur quickly in our chilly waters.

Always supervise young children when near lakes, ponds and especially rivers. The rivers are moving relatively fast and obstacles such as rocks or logs can trap swimmers and overturn Kayaks.

Please wear protective clothing when doing recreational sports such as a personal flotation device that properly fits you and your children.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer.