The Pella Chronicle
---- — This summer, “Think Five and Stay Alive.”
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has five important water safety tips to remember when boating or swimming this weekend, and all year long:
1: 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. Loaner jackets are available at the Red Rock Visitor Center.
2: Alcohol and water don’t mix. More than half of all drowning deaths are related to alcohol consumption.
3: Watch your children. It only takes a child an average of 20 seconds to drown. Be a water watcher and designate someone to always watch children or any person with special needs while on or around the water.
4: 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.
5: Safe boating. Take a boating safety course at www.Boat-Ed.com. Know the law and rules of the road before you boat. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that the majority of boating-related fatalities involve operators who have not received any boating safety instruction.
Go to http://watersafety.usace.army.mil/ for more water safety information.