Stay Safe this 4th of July


As Californians enter the July 4 weekend, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is urging families to be safe outdoors.

With the weather warming up following a record snowpack in the mountains, many local rivers and bodies of water are fast and dangerous. Melting snow that flows into waterways can add to the volume and speed of the water. This fast-moving water can be dangerous to swim in, even for the most experienced swimmers.

Instead of being on the water this weekend, try these family friendly activities that are safer.

  • If it’s cooler in your area, visit a local or a California State Park.
  • Find no or low-cost activities near you, like a local parade or fireworks show.
  • If you are looking for an indoor escape from the heat, visit your local library.

If there’s high temperatures in your area, click here for tips on staying cool. Being on the water may be a tradition for some families, it’s important to keep your loved ones safe.