BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Waterways will be busy over Labor Day weekend. The Coast Guard wants to remind swimmers and boaters to stay safe this weekend.
If you plan to do some boating, they want you to remember to wear lifejackets and keep a radio onboard. Of course, do not operate a watercraft while drinking. For swimmers, they want to remind you to swim near a lifeguard, and never swim alone.
If your Labor Day weekend plans take you on roadways instead of waterways, you can expect a busy weekend. AAA expects 34 million people to travel this weekend. For tips on staying safe on the roadways, visit our story for tips from AAA.
Here are some tips from the Coast Guard:
Wear a life jacket at all times
File a float plan and leave it with someone who is not recreating on the water
Have a marine band radio and visual distress signals
Have a registered 406MHz emergency position indicating radio beacon
Have a personal locator beacon
DO NOT boat under the influence of alcohol
Swim near a lifeguard
Never swim alone
Don't fight the current
Don't float where you can't swim
Prepare for the unexpected
Avoid unnecessary risks
Additional water safety tips are available on the U.S. Lifesaving Association website.
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