Planning a trip to Lake of the Ozarks can be a thrilling adventure for the entire family. However, in addition to being a popular tourist destination, Lake of the Ozarks is also one of the most dangerous lakes in the country. Its popularity and overall size both help contribute to the risk of a life-threatening incident out on the water.
Yet, families shouldn’t have to forgo a fun family vacation just because of the small but noticeable possibility of an incident leading to injury. The four safety tips below can help families plan a trip to Lake of the Ozarks with confidence that they will be in better control of the risks in question.
Bring life jackets for everyone
Having personal flotation devices (PFDs) or life jackets is perhaps the most important safety measure individuals can take to reduce their risk of a tragic outcome to a visit at Lake of the Ozarks. Although boat rental companies and other businesses may offer PFDs, they may not have the right size or style to fit an individual’s preferences. It is better to bring PFDs that people know will fit. If they are not brand new, it is important to test them to ensure that they are still fully functional.
Leave alcohol behind
Few things sound as relaxing as spending the day out on the open water with a cold beer and the family, but that beer could turn a relaxing trip into a tragedy. Alcohol intoxication tends to sneak up on people, particularly when they are out in the sun and experiencing secondary dehydration as a result. Avoiding alcohol while out on the lake will eliminate one of the biggest risk factors for boating accidents and fatalities.
Whether someone is out for a swim or operating a boat, there will be many distracting elements that could draw their attention away from their safety and the safety of others. Those operating boats need to watch out for other vessels, as well as swimmers and even people floating in inner tubes. Swimmers also need to be attentive and watch for signs of oncoming boats and other hazards, like jet skis.
Know and follow the speed limit
There are a few speed limits in place at Lake of the Ozarks. Those boating at night should not exceed 30 miles per hour. There are also rules for voting and proximity to others and in shallow waters. Those who follow the speed limit will have much easier time avoiding a possibly devastating incident while out on the water.
Following these four rules and making safety is much of a priority as enjoyment will help to ensure that everyone returns happily with pleasant memories after a trip to Lake of the Ozarks.