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Published July 07, 2012, 04:20 PM

Life Jacket Safety tips

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) -- Summer is in full swing, and safety experts want to give you a little reminder to keep tragedy from striking while you're out on the water.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) -- Summer is in full swing, and safety experts want to give you a little reminder to keep tragedy from striking while you're out on the water.

On any boat, there needs to be one life jacket for every person on board.

Jackets should fit snug, especially on children, because if they were to hit the water, the vest could come off if it's too loose.

Also, pay attention to different styles. Some are meant for activities like skiing and others for just riding in the boat. Becker County Sheriffs Deputy Cody Bouchie says whenever you're on the water, it's a good idea to be wearing a life jacket.

Bouchie says, "it's very important to have any kind of a flotation device that you have available on so when an accident does happen, you are able to float instead of sinking if you do become unconscious."

Children 10 and under must always be wearing a life jacket when riding on a boat.

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