This is National Safe Boating Week, and next Wednesday, May 31, is National Dam Safety Awareness Day. Idaho Power is providing safety reminders for anyone going out on a reservoir or near a dam.
- Don’t wade, swim, fish or anchor your boat directly upstream or downstream from a dam. Normal dam operations can cause unexpected and rapid changes in the water level and flow.
- Buoy lines and cables with warning signs are there to keep boaters and swimmers at a safe distance from dams. Don’t cross, tie boats to or go under these lines. You could be swept over the dam’s spillway or pulled under by strong currents.
- Keep off the banks next to dams, and don’t climb protective fences.
- When boating or using fishing waders, wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Idaho Power has several loaner life jacket stations at sites along the Snake River.
For more safety information, visit idahopower.com/safety.