US Army Corps of Engineers
Little Rock District

HAVE FUN BUT BE SAFE DURING LABOR DAY WEEKEND; DON’T BE NUMBER 23

Published Aug. 28, 2018
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--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.

 


Contact
Laurie Driver
501-324-5551

Release no. 18-135