(Beaver Dam) It’s spring time in Wisconsin, and as the temperatures continue to rise the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, alongside Alliant Energy, and Governor Tony Evers are reminding residents to exercise safety when utilizing the states many recreational waterways. With April 1st kicking off the start of Dam Safety Awareness week in Wisconsin, the DNR has compiled a list of tips and tricks to stay safe out on the water.
The purpose of Dam Safety Awareness Week is to heighten safety awareness of recreational and fishing enthusiasts as they return to the waterways. Many accidents and fatalities occurring near dams could be prevented by practicing safety, staying clear of dams and understanding the dangers to be found near them.
Residents are advised to understand the dangers near dams, stay away from hazardous areas, obey all warning devices such as signs, lights, sirens and verbal warnings; wear an approved personal floatation device; steer clear of dam spill areas where unpredictable water conditions can make boat control difficult; never anchor a boat below a dam; do not cross boy lines; and to bring a cell phone to call 911 in the event of an emergency.
When navigating the waters of Beaver Dam Lake, local utilities want you to keep these safety tips in mind around dams. More information about dam safety is available online at alliantenergy.com/damsafety