Kankakee River Safety: Fire Department Urges Caution for Boaters This Spring


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Kankakee, IL – As spring returns, boaters are eagerly heading back to the Kankakee River, a body of water with a somber history of fatalities. Local authorities, spearheaded by the Kankakee Fire Department, are reinforcing safety measures to prevent boating accidents. This push for safety comes after a series of tragic events that have previously occurred on the river.

According to the Kankakee Fire Department, residents are being urged to follow critical guidelines such as wearing life vests, abstaining from alcohol while operating watercraft, and taking boater safety courses. The department’s recent campaign highlights the importance of checking weather conditions, storing safety equipment, knowing navigation rules, and avoiding high speeds on the water. These recommendations are part of a broader effort to ensure a safe boating season and to reduce the risk of accidents that have historically marred the community’s relationship with the river.


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