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Corps of Engineers provides safety tips for Independence Day weekend

Published July 1, 2020
As the nation's largest federal provider of water-based recreation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District stresses water safety and urges extra caution while in or around water during the upcoming Independence Day holiday.

As the nation's largest federal provider of water-based recreation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District stresses water safety and urges extra caution while in or around water during the upcoming Independence Day holiday.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As the nation's largest federal provider of water-based recreation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District stresses water safety and urges extra caution while in or around water during the upcoming Independence Day holiday.

Many people are eager to get outside and enjoy water-based recreation as part of their Fourth of July celebration. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy scenic river and lake views while taking advantage of picnicking, hiking, camping, fishing, boating and swimming opportunities.

Unfortunately, some celebrations end tragically due to accidents in, on and around the water. To ensure a safe recreation experience over the holiday and throughout the year, the Corps urges visitors to practice the following public safety tips:

  • Leave your fireworks at home
    • City or county fireworks displays occur at many lakes and nearby communities for your enjoyment
    • Fireworks are not allowed at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land or waters
    • Use of fireworks increase the risk of wildfires during dry conditions
    • Misuse of fireworks could result in personal injury
  • Beat the heat
    • Take frequent breaks during your outdoor activities
    • Wear sunscreen for skin protection
    • Stay hydrated with water and non-caffeinated beverages
    • Avoid excessive alcohol; alcohol and drugs contribute to 20% of all boating fatalities
  • Wear your life jacket
    • 90% of drowning victims at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes and rivers were not wearing life jackets
    • Drowning is the nation’s second leading cause of accidental death
    • Many people overestimate their swimming ability and swim beyond their limits
  • Pay attention while boating
    • Inattentive boating is the leading cause of boating accidents
    • Obey all navigation rules established in your state
    • Be a defensive boater
    • Pay attention to and follow all regulatory buoys and be aware of lake conditions
  • Recreate responsibly following CDC guidelines
    • Keep a distance of 6 feet
    • Don’t overcrowd shelter houses, swim beaches, trails or boat ramps
    • Don’t litter; take your trash with you
    • Frequently wash/sanitize hands and wipe common surfaces such as picnic tables

 

Please take the time to practice all of these safety tips while recreating over the busy Independence Day holiday. For more information on these and other safety information please visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public safety website at www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Safety/ and watch our safety tips video at https://youtu.be/42GKqlNQyr8


Contact
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816-389-3486
CENWK-PA@usace.army.mil

Release no. 20-022