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Five Important Water Safety Tips

Red Rock Beach and Boating [1]

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has five important water safety tips to remember when boating or swimming this summer. Wear a life jacket. State law requires that a lifejacket is available for every person on board a boat, and children 12 and under must have it on while underway. Secondly, alcohol and water don’t mix. More than half of all drowning deaths are related to alcohol consumption. Third, watch your children. It only takes a child an average of 20 seconds to drown. Fourth, know your limits. Don’t give in to peer pressure about jumping off a bluff or swimming farther than you should. Recognize your limitations and stay within them. Lastly, take a boating safety course at Boat-Ed.com. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that the majority of boating-related fatalities involve operators who have not received any boating safety instruction.