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Arkansas Game and Fish Commission stresses importance of boater safety



Hot Springs, Arkansas – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is stressing the importance of boater safety as the temperatures get warmer, and more people are heading out on the water this summer.

There should be a properly fitting life jacket for everyone on board, according to AGFC Captain Stephanie Weatherington.

By law, all children 12 and under must have their life jackets on and secured any time they are on the boat, but everyone should wear them any time a boat is underway.

Besides life jackets, make sure your boat has a fire extinguisher if it has enclosed fuel tanks, and some method to signal for help are important in case you encounter trouble on the water. Additionally, anyone out after dark should make sure that their boat is equipped with a proper light source.

Having a designated driver on the boat at all times and practicing moderation with any alcoholic beverages on board is also important according to Weatherington.

For anyone born on or after January 1, 1986, who is operating a motorboat or personal watercraft, boater education is mandatory.