Labor Day weekend for many families means one last outing at the lake, according to the Army Corps of Engineers, who urge people to be safe while having fun on the water.
“Twenty-two people have died from accidents in Little Rock District waters since October,” according to a news release. “They ranged in age from 1 to 73. No one is immune. Don’t be number 23.”
The Corps urges people to follow these crucial rules.
• Don’t drink alcohol if planning to be in or on the water.
• Never rely on toys to stay afloat.
• Don’t take chances by overestimating one’s swimming skills.
• Swim only in designated areas.
• Never swim alone.
• Watch children at all times.
• Diving into lakes and rivers can be dangerous. Paralyzing injuries or death too often result. Divers should be sure there are no hidden underwater obstacles.
• Wear a life jacket and don’t drink alcohol and drive the boat.
• Use the kill switch.
• Follow the navigation rules of the road, buoys and other aids to navigation.
• Always post a sharp lookout.
• Carry a navigation chart and know the waterway.
• Before setting out, take a safe boating course.
• Check the weather forecast.
• File a float plan with a friend.
• Check the boat for required safety equipment and use it.
• Know the state boating laws.