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Stay off of the Sheep River!

IMPORTANT RIVER SAFETY REMINDER:  

We are fortunate to have the beautiful Sheep River flow through town. While we understand the desire to cool off and have fun in and around the river during our warm summer months, the Okotoks Fire Department want to remind you of some of the dangers you could encounter and some safety precautions to take. Sheep River is always quite cold and not typically suitable for swimming. A must for EVERYONE is wearing properly fitted life jackets/PFDs while wading or floating. When floating on the river always watch ahead for obvious hazards such as rocks or a large collection of branches and debris known as a sweep. NEVER tie flotation devices together. If you see someone in trouble call 9-1-1 and shout for help. If you are safely able to do so, reach out to the person with a paddle or if available toss a rope or PFD. Watch for landmarks so in the event of an emergency, responders can get to you quickly!

The Okotoks Fire Department believes that it is vital for fire and safety education to reach all audiences.  Watch for our education campaigns throughout the year via our Social Media Pages, Okotoks.ca website, and local media.  We also visit schools throughout the year and you can find us out at local community events.

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