It’s almost time to say goodbye to summer. If you’ll be spending the weekend on or around the water this Labor Day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges you to remember these safety tips.
Before heading out for the lake or river, be sure you have a life jacket on hand for everyone. Check that the life jackets are U.S. Coast Guard approved, are the right size, the right fit, and are appropriate for the activity you have planned. Then make sure everyone wears it.
If you plan to swim at a lake, do so at a designated swim beach that is marked with a buoy line. Adults, plan to take turns being a “water watcher” and keep an eye on children when they are swimming. A child can drown in 20 seconds so stay within arm’s reach while supervising them.
Know your swimming ability. Each year, swimmers get into trouble swimming after a toy, a boat or some other object that drifts away.
For more information about Carlyle Lake, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at 594-2484.
Additionally, police are beefing up their patrols through the holiday weekend. The end of summer push will focus on catching drunk drivers, people who are speeding, and those who aren’t strapped in. Drivers can expect to see extra patrols on the streets and more roadside safety checks. More than 560 people have been killed on Illinois roadways this year.