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Avista Urges Caution When Recreating on Rivers
Spring run-off can create potentially dangerous situations

Spokane, Wash., May 18 /With area rivers swollen from spring run-off, Avista Utilities reminds residents to exercise caution when on or near a river or lake. As a public service, Avista reports on area water levels and makes the reports available to the community by calling (509) 495-8043 or (208) 769-1357.

To protect yourself and your companions when recreating on or along a river or lake, always follow these important safety tips:
. Always be alert for debris, obstructions and partially submerged objects that may be a result of spring run-off and high water conditions.
. Always obey warning signs near dams.
. Never cross boater restraint cables or buoy lines that designate areas where boats should not operate. The closer a boat or individual gets to a dam or powerhouse, the more hazardous it becomes.
. Never fish, swim or boat above or below a dam – water levels can change rapidly with the operation of spillgates and turbines.
. If in a sailboat or catamaran, always look for overhead cables and power lines.
. Always wear personal flotation devices (PFDs), even if you are an adult.
. Remember that water is extremely cold in spring. Know the symptoms of hypothermia.
. Be alert to strong currents and undertows.
. Never operate watercraft under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
. Never anchor your boat below a dam.

When on the water, obey all warning signs, follow all rules and regulations, and use common sense. Remember rivers and streams are at their peak flows during spring and early summer. For more safety tips, visit www.avistautilities.com .

Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is a company operating division that provides service to 338,000 electric and 297,000 natural gas customers in three western states. Avista's non-regulated subsidiaries include Avista Advantage (www.avistaadvantage.com) and Avista Energy (www.avistaenergy.com). Avista Corp.'s stock is traded under the ticker symbol "AVA." For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.

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Contact: Debbie Simock-Avista 24/7 Media Line (509) 495-4174, debbie.simock@avistacorp.com

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