With summer and the 4th of July Holiday, safety should be on the minds of boaters as they take to Missouri waterways.

Executive Director of the National Safe Boating Council Rachel Johnson says the middle of an accident is not the time to dig around for a life jacket.

The council highly encourages the use of a life Jacket.

More safety tips include:

Always have your children wear a life jacket while on boats, around open bodies of water or when participating in water sports. Make sure the life jacket fits snugly. Have the child make a “touchdown” signal by raising both arms straight up; if the life jacket hits the child’s chin or ears, it may be too big or the straps may be too loose.
A large portion of boating accidents each year involve alcohol consumption by both boat operators and passengers. To keep you and your loved ones safe, it is strongly recommended not to drink alcoholic beverages while boating.
We know you have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind – and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better. Local hospitals, fire departments and recreation departments offer CPR training.
Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool: They need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents and changing weather.