Water and Boating Safety Tips

Water and Boating Safety Tips Photo: KSTP

July 03, 2018 09:02 AM

With summer in full swing, many Minnesotans may turn to pools, rivers, and lakes to stay cool.

However, a number of water-related fatalities have already occurred within the state.

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According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there have already been eight non-boat related drowning and seven boating fatalities. In 2017, there were 31 non-boating related drownings, with four of those occurring in a pool. 

Here is a look at the best way to be safe while trying to stay cool:


Pool Safety

  • The American Red Cross suggests pool owners secure pools with proper barriers, including gates, safety covers, and pool alarms.
  • When children are swimming, it is best to never leave them unattended. The American Red Cross also suggests putting young swimmers in a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device. 
  • Enroll children in 
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise those swimming in an area without a lifeguard on duty use the buddy system. 
  • Make sure people present know how to respond to water emergencies by having proper safety equipment, first aid, and CPR training. 

The information above is from the American Red Cross and CDC.


Boating Safety

  • The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strongly suggests those planning to go out on a boat wear a personal floatation device.
  • Because use of alcohol is the number one factor in boating fatalities, it is suggested to avoid alcohol.
  • With summer weather being able to change at any point, check the forecast before going boating.
  • Boaters should always tell a friend or family member where they plan to be when taking a boat out. 

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Ben Rodgers

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