The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges water safety this upcoming Labor Day weekend.
There have already been 14 water-related fatalities this year in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. Five of those deaths occurred during the 4th of July and Memorial Day holiday weekends.
The Corps reports none of those who died were wearing a life jacket.
It is recommended to wear a life jacket whenever in the water or in a boat.
The Corps also notes alcohol use and boating are not a smart mix and recommends both boaters and swimmers stay sober.
Because drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death, the Corps wants everyone to wear a life jacket.
It is also recommended that swimmers know their swimming ability and only swim in designated areas.
And it is always recommended to keep an eye on children in or near the water.
Research indicated that a child can drown in a mere 20 seconds.