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Information Purposes: King County Safety Message

posted Jul 6, 2011, 1:52 PM by Andrew Chadick

New temporary law requiring the use of life jackets on King County rivers this summer

Posters about the new law are available on the Public Health website in seven languages.

Here is a link to download the posters:

This year, river flows are especially high, fast and cold because of an unusually heavy amount of mountain snow melting into King County rivers.

Both youth and adults are Required to wear Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs), or life jackets, while boating, floating or swimming on rivers in unincorporated King County.

PFDs are not required for wade in the river up to five feet from the shoreline or for fishing.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Ross at Public Health at 206-263-8781 or