USACE reminds everyone to be water safe this Independence Day

Little Rock District - USACE
Published June 26, 2024
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- As the nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day with festivities, family gatherings and outdoor activities, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, is urging everyone to prioritize water safety while enjoying the region’s lakes and rivers.

“As we celebrate our independence, it's important to remember that safety comes first. By taking a few simple precautions, we can ensure that our time at the lake or river is enjoyable and accident-free,” said Col. Damon Knarr, Little Rock District Commander. “Let's make this 4th of July memorable for all the right reasons.” 

With an increase in recreational water activities during this holiday, it's crucial to ensure that safety measures are in place to prevent accidents and injuries.

Expect more boats and swimmers on the water and maintain a safe speed and be vigilant for swimmers if you are boating. Remember to always wear your life jacket when on or near water, don’t drink alcoholic beverages and operate a boat, never swim alone and stick to designated swim areas.

By following these guidelines, we can all enjoy a safe and festive Independence Day.

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