Corps offers safety tips for summer activities

Corps offers safety tips for summer activities Now that school is out, many families are spending time swimming at the beach, picnicking in the park, and boating and fishing on area lakes and rivers.

Most of us will be sure to bring the essential supplies and equipment: food, drinks, sunscreen, fishing poles, etc. But how many of us take the time to think about what is necessary to bring us home safely at night?

Accidents on and near the water can happen in a split second and could have devastating effects. Before you go out to the lake or river this summer, remember some simple safety tips that can help save your life.

* Bring and wear your life jacket in and around the water

* Never swim alone

* Never go near water when drinking alcohol

* Keep a close eye on children

* Be sure your boat is in proper working condition. Double check to make sure you have all the necessary safety equipment

* Swim only in designated areas

* Don't overestimate your swimming skills

* If someone is in trouble, remember: Reach, Throw, Row, but Don't Go!

Taking the time to think about these simple water safety tips before you head to the water will keep you and your loved ones safe so you can all come back another weekend.

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