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Reminding boaters how to be safe while on the water

6:53 AM, May 27, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - May 18 through 24 marks National Safe Boating Week. As the season approaches, the North American Safe Boating Campaign is spreading the message of safe and responsible boating.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama proclaimed a need for increased awareness about boating responsibility. It said the following:

Safe boating starts onshore. Americans planning to spend a day on the water should prepare by filing a float plan with family or a friend, getting a free vessel safety check, and participating in a boating safety course. As they embark, boaters should make sure they have checked the marine forecast and all passengers are wearing a life jacket. And to put an end to preventable accidents that claim too many lives every year, individuals should never operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Boating is an important part of our national heritage. This week, let us carry that tradition forward by following common sense safety procedures and keeping our lakes, rivers, and oceans safe for all to enjoy.

In recognition of the importance of safe boating practices, the Congress, by joint resolution approved June 4, 1958 (36 U.S.C. 131), as amended, has authorized and requested the President to proclaim annually the 7-day period prior to Memorial Day weekend as "National Safe Boating Week."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 18 through May 24, 2013, as National Safe Boating Week. I encourage all Americans who participate in boating activities to observe this occasion by learning more about safe boating practices and taking advantage of boating education.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

In 2013, their campaign is focusing on educating the boating community about wearing life jackets. If you find life jackets bulky and annoying, the NASBC has come up with the best types for the type of activity you're engaging in: http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/checklist.htm.

And on the lighter side, Littleton Fire Rescue Water Rescue Team made a Harlem Shake video to promote wearing life jackets:

Find out more about the campaign here, http://bit.ly/eqtgU.

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