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Summer Boating Safety Tips

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Thousands of people head to area lakes each year. So now people are dusting off their boats and grabbing the family for a weekend at the lake. But before you head out for a busy weekend, there are some things you need to remember. First, make sure you have enough life jackets and the right sizes.

"Make sure that they all buckle properly. Make sure that you don't have any tears. That it's not wore out. All buckles snap properly. If you pick up on the life jacket that it doesn't come up to high," says Park Ranger, Travis Miller. 

Another tip, Miller says if you are out tubing or water skiing and you are too close to the shore line you need to watch out for stumps and underwater debris. 

"The scary part about it, that is there are underwater obstructions and the closer you get to shore the more shallow it can get. You get areas like this, where it's seven feet of water right now," says Miller. 

Miller says on holiday weekends they can't even guess how many people are on the beach area and you have to pay attention so you don't hurt someone or yourself. He says these weekends are the most stressful because the risk factor goes up and you have to watch your children closely. 

"Kids can't always take care of themselves. You have to be a responsible adult to take care of them. That's why we plead to parents so often. Take care of your kids. Do the right thing for them because this can get dangerous in a hurry out here and when you turn your head for a second you don't have your child in a life jacket they are gone," says Miller. 

You also need to make sure to have a fire extinguisher, all your paperwork, and the right amount of people on the boat.
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