PRATT, Kan. -(Ammoland.com)- The fourth of July holiday usually means three things for Kansans: fireworks, BBQ, and of course, open water.
Make this holiday everything it should be, including safe, by keeping the following things in mind while on and around water:
- State park beaches do not have lifeguards. Parents should keep a close eye on youngsters and it’s a good idea to strap little ones into properly-fitting life jackets. A toddler can disappear in an instant on a crowded beach. Older kids love to play on inflatable water toys but care must be exercised under windy conditions. A stiff Kansas wind blowing out from the beach can sweep floaters away from shore surprisingly fast.
- Over the holiday weekend, reservoirs will be busy and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) boating officers will be out keeping waters safe. Familiarize yourself with boating regulations and safety requirements, especially those concerning life jackets, ahead of time. Children age 12 and younger must wear a properly-fitting life jacket while on the boat, and there must be a serviceable life jacket readily accessible for everyone older than 12 onboard. …Read the Rest