KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in the United States. As recreationalists take to lakes and rivers during this long Independence Day weekend, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District encourages visitors to have fun, stay safe and make it home alive. While outdoor recreation is fun and healthy, we urge our visitors to think about these safety tips this holiday.
Wear a life jacket
A life jacket of the proper size and fit keeps you afloat and provides time for rescue.
Statistics find that 89 percent of people who drown at Corps-managed lakes might have survived if they had on a life jacket.
If you don’t own one, borrow one from a Corps life jacket loaner board.
For more information on Corps recreation sites and activities, visit www.CorpsLakes.us.
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Release no. 16-027