River Safety

The Pueblo Fire Department wishes everyone a safe and fun summer of river recreation. Here are some tips from the department for anyone
 fishing boating or wading in local rivers.
  • Learn to swim. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim - this includes adults and children.
  • Tell someone where you are going, when you expect to return, and where to call if you don't.
  • Wear a properly fitted Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all times when you are in or near the river.
  • Be prepared for extremes in weather. Know early signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and dehydration in hot weather.
  • Reduce threat of injury by wearing protective footwear and proper clothing.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and plan a quick exit from the water to the nearest bank in case of an emergency.
  • Move to a safer area immediately if a siren sounds or if you simply notice the river level rising.
  • Carry a first aid kit and know how to use it. Take a cell phone in case of emergency.
  • Be sure to take water or thirst-quenching drinks. Try to avoid beer and soft drinks as they tend to dehydrate the body and alcohol impairs judgment.
  • Be sure your boating skills and experience are equal to the river and the conditions.
  • Please keep the river clean. Do not litter


Personal Floatation Device Types
(Required per State Law while in or on the water)
Life Jacket Types

If you are caught in surging water

Any moving water can be dangerous. If you are caught in the water and swept off your feet, remember the following: 

  • Drop any items that can weigh you down.

  • Stay calm, lie on your back, and keep your feet up and pointed downstream to avoid rocks and foot entrapment.

  • Swim on your back with the current and then diagonally across the stream until you reach the  shore.

  • Do not attempt to stand up until you are in shallow, slow-moving water.

  • If you get trapped on an island, stay there and signal for help.