Labor Day weekend often means summer's last hurrah. If you’re heading out to the lake or river to cap off the season, safety should be a priority.
Officials advise hot weather means crowded lakes and rivers for swimmers and boaters. In just the past four weeks there have been at least five drownings or near-drownings reported across the metro.
A common problem is people aren't wearing life jackets, either because it's too hot or they don't think the water's deep enough to drown in. Even though some water levels are low, that's not an excuse to dismiss safety.
Before heading off to the river or lake you can check water levels and how fast rivers are flowing with county officials or the U.S. Geological Survey. Click here for information.