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TIPS FOR SAFE BOATING WEEK

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In honor of Safe Boating Week (June 4-10), the following tips are offered from the National Safe Boating Council:

- Always be aware of weather forecasts before going out on the water. Strong winds can turn boats over.- Have approved life-jackets on board for each person and wear them. Last year more than 1,000 drowned in accidents, most near the shore or a boat. Even a good swimmer should wear a life jacket.

- Make sure you don't overload your boat beyond specs.

- Don't drink. Alcohol contributed to more than half of last year's boating fatalities.

- Be aware of hypothermia in colder water.

- For a free boating course, call the Safe Boating Council at 1-800-336-BOAT.