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July 3, 2014

Corps offers tips for safety in swimming, boating

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees wish everyone an enjoyable holiday, but if your plans include a trip to a lake, you are encouraged to remember boating and water safety tips.

According to a media release, you should inspect your boat before putting it in the water to be sure it is in good operating condition.

Ensure that you have the boat registration, a sound-producing device such as a whistle, horn or bell, properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for everyone onboard, and a USCG approved throwable.

This year, three people have drowned at Corps-managed lakes. None of them were wearing a life jacket. Make sure you and everyone with you wears a life jacket when on or around the water. If you do not own a life jacket, you can borrow one from loaner boards found at most Tulsa District lakes. Use it for the day and return it when you are done.

Swim at a designated swim beach, swim with a friend, know your swimming ability and stay within that ability, and avoid excessive use of alcohol while boating or swimming.

The USACE Tulsa District provides recreation opportunities at 38 lakes. For information on USACE Tulsa District recreation sites and activities: www.swt.usace.army.mil.

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