Thinking of cooling off at one of Arizona’s lakes, perhaps even Lake Pleasant or Lake Mead, which are CAP reservoirs? Make a safe splash this holiday weekend by keeping the following boating safety tips in mind:
- Keep afloat – Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when boating, near open bodies of water or when participating in water sports. Water wings, floaties and air-filled toys are not life-saving devices.
- Make sure your captain is of age – Age restrictions apply for motorboats or other motorized watercraft such as jet skis or wave runners. Operators must be at least 14 years of age and have completed a boating safety course if under 18.
- Stay awake around the wake – Impacts from wakes can cause a boat passenger to be thrown into the air and to then land forcefully back onto the boat. Should this happen, lie down on your back and keep still until medical attention arrives. Prevent wakes by slowing down when passing boats and by approaching large boat wakes at a 45-degree angle.
- Maintain a quagga-free boat – Arizona law requires that plugs be removed from boats and the "Clean, Drain and Dry" guidelines be followed when using waters that are infested with quagga mussels. Learn more about quagga and their effect on CAP.
And of course, stay hydrated and don’t forget the sunscreen! CAP wishes you and your family a fun and safe Independence Day weekend!