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4th of July Water Safety Tips

With July 4th just around the corner, many people are looking forward to spending time on the water. To ensure everyone has a fun and accident-free holiday, our friends at the National Safe Boating Council have a few pointers to keep in mind as you set sail.

Our first tip for being a responsible boater is to ensure everyone on board is wearing a life jacket. No matter how good of a swimmer you think you are - life jackets are a necessity. These should be U.S. Coast Guard approved - and everyone, especially the kiddos - need a proper, snug, fit. By ensuring all straps, zippers and fasteners are secured, you can see if the life jacket passes the snug test. Simply have someone try to pull it up. If it doesn't budge past your ears, you're all set for the water!

Next, don't drink and boat. I know the fun of the holiday calls for a few drinks, but just like with driving, it's illegal and dangerous to operate a boat while under the influence. If you do plan on drinking, make sure you have a designated driver or, stay on shore.

Here's another helpful tip: have a personal locator beacon on hand. Our cell phones usually take care of this, but when you're in the middle of nowhere, service can be spotty, which is the last thing you need in an emergency.

Other pointers to remember is to always obey the speed limit, make sure the weather forecast looks good and overall, be safe and have fun.

So while you're out making memories with friends and loved ones, keep these tips in mind and everyone is bound to have a great time. To learn more about how to stay safe on the water this summer, visit and boat responsibly this 4th of July!

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