Labor Day weekend for many families means one last outing at the lake.  Army Corps of Engineers officials urge people to have fun, but be safe and courteous.  

Twenty-two people have died from accidents in Little Rock District waters since October.  They ranged in age from 1 to 73.  No one is immune.  Don’t be number 23.  Follow these simple but crucial rules. 

When swimming:  

* Don’t drink alcohol if you plan to be in or on the water. 
* Never rely on toys to stay afloat.
* Don’t take chances by overestimating your swimming skills. 
* Swim only in designated areas. 
* Never swim alone. 
* Watch your children at all times. 
* Diving into lakes and rivers can be dangerous.  Paralyzing injuries or death too often result.  If you do dive, first be sure there are no hidden underwater obstacles.

When boating: 

* Wear a life jacket, and don't drink alcohol and drive the boat.
* Use your 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 your waterway. 
* Before setting out, take a safe boating course.
* Check the weather forecast. 
* File a float plan with a friend. 
* Check your boat for required safety equipment and use it. 
* Know your state boating laws.


8-29-18 7:55 a.m. kawx.org

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