DNR encourages boaters to follow safety tips

National Safe Boating Week is May 20 - 26

The Arizona Game and Fish Department, together with boating professionals and enthusiasts nationwide, will demonstrate the importance of remaining safe on the water by participating in Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day, Friday, May 19.

Boaters are advised to make sure they have U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets that are in good condition and have a good fit for every occupant of the boat. "If an accident occurs and you suddenly end up overboard, a life jacket will keep your head above water and could save your life". The event is created to highlight comfort and ease of life jacket use. Boating partners across the United States and Canada are teaming to promote safe boating practices, including the wear of life jackets for National Safe Boating Week and throughout the 2017 boating season.

- File a float plan.

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- Stay alert. Watch for other boats, swimmers, skiers and objects in the water. Always inform family or friends about the details of your trip. Also give them phone numbers for the local emergency dispatch center and U.S. Coast Guard in case you don't return on time.

"The life jackets of today are simply more comfortable and will help to save your life", said Josh Hoffman, AZGFD Boating Safety Education coordinator.

For more information on safe boating, please visit the Canadian Safe Boating Council website at here.

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