Most safe practices on the river are just good common sense. Come prepared to have fun, but always keep a sharp lookout for hazards. You may be in an unfamiliar setting. Here are a few tips to make your day go by safely.
Never work alone. Stay aware of the members of your group. You must provide your own safety net out there.
If someone is injured, keep the injured person calm, and have someone call for help. The designated team leader of the group will have cell phone numbers in the event of an emergency.
Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion in yourself and others. If someone shows signs of heat exhaustion, put them in the water immediately and DO NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE. Get help as soon as possible.
DO NOT enter the water to retrieve trash or to cool off, except in an emergency. If it is not readily removable, leave it! The deepest water is often very close to the bank. The soil at the edge can be unstable.
Dress appropriately by wearing clothes that can get dirty and potentially wet.
Always wear gloves, protective clothing, (hat and long pants) and appropriate shoes. We respectfully ask that you do not wear flip-flops or open-toe shoes.
Use caution when handling broken glass, or sharp objects etc.
DO NOT disturb any drum containers. If you encounter any hazardous materials, DO NOT try to deal with any hazardous materials (barrels or drums with liquids inside them) on your own. Car batteries, jugs of oil or pesticides are also considered hazardous and will need to be disposed of separately. Call someone on the contact list and report your location.
Use common sense about lifting heavy objects.
Bring your re-usable water bottle.
Watch for poison ivy, stinging nettles, and other hurtful plants.
Leave all wildlife alone. They are in their place and you are their guest.