When summer rolls around, it’s tempting to cool off at a scenic lake. Whether you’ll be taking a dip or heading out onto open water in your boat, we say enjoy the water, but remember these safety tips:
Basic rules: Even when they’re not required, it’s always a good idea for everyone aboard to wear Coast Guard-approved life jackets that are in serviceable condition and the appropriate size for the intended user. Know the local weather conditions and forecast before heading out on to the water. Strong winds and thunderstorms with lightning strikes pose serious dangers to boaters.1
 “Water Safety,” U.S. Forest Service, fs.usda.gov/visit/know-before-you-go/water-safety
(accessed June 10, 2020).
 “The Beginner’s Guide to Lake Safety,” Reserve America, reserveamerica.com/articles/hiking/the-beginner-s-guide-to-lake-safety-boating-activity-rules
(June 8, 2020).
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