National Safe Boating Week is underway across the Lake and nationwide.

Captain Matt Walz of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Division says there are a number of things you should do before hitting the water, in order to stay safe.

  1. Make sure to check your supplies. You need to have adequate emergency supplies including spare bulbs, fuses, first aid kits and water….in case you are stranded.
  2. Make sure your life jackets are in proper working order AND are easy to access, that is a required law. They cannot be in a storage area.
  3. Make sure to open the hatch of your engine bay and check that everything is safe, no fuel smells or leaks, especially when filling up.
  4. Do a rundown with your vessel, making sure the lights work, horn works, radio works and that everything is in proper working order before leaving the dock

The annual event’s being hosted by the National Safe Boating Council.

Lake of the Ozarks Captains Association is reminding you to make sure you’re wearing your life jacket on the water, and make sure your friends are wearing one as well.

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