Join the Corps in celebrating National Safe Boating Week

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Kansas City District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages 18 lakes throughout Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, wants lake goers to join in on National Safe Boating Week May 17-23.

National Safe Boating Week marks a chance to remind boat owners to brush up on boater’s safety, vessel maintenance, and water safety prior to heading out to the lake.

Before you go to the lake and get on the water take the National Safe Boating Council pledge:

I pledge to boat safely each and every time I go out on the water, keeping myself, my family, my friends and fellow boaters from harm’s way. I will always boat responsibly by:

  • Wearing my life jacket and ensuring that everyone on board wears their life jacket (when in a small boat, or operating in rough water or threatening weather conditions).
  • Remaining sober and alert – remembering that the use of alcohol contributes to accidents on the water.
  • Staying in control of my craft and respecting the right of others enjoying the waterways.
  • Knowing and obeying navigation rules, operating at a safe speed and maintaining a proper lookout.

For more information on National Safe Boating Week events or to take the boater safety pledge go to  http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com. For more information on public safety with the Kansas City District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers visit www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/Safety.

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