Safety measures to consider before hitting the water

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Summer safety on the water is imperative as during hot summer days it's common to hop in the water or get out on a river or lake.

River & Adventure Toys is a retail shop that can fit you with your outdoor needs.

"Boats, kayaks, canoes, rafts, inflatable kayaks," said Adventure Specialist Dennis Pettygrove on the equipment RAT has available.

When deciding to hit the water for summer activities; brush up on laws that need to be followed especially regarding personal floatation devices.

"We try to fit with what their need are. There's PFDs made for fishing it's got extra pockets for lures and that kind of stuff. PFDs made for white water," Pettygrove said.

Anyone under the age of 14 must wear a PFD at all times, but sizing is critical.

"Loosen all the straps, so it's loose, put it on and then start fastening it from the waist up,” Pettygrove said. “Don't start zipping it up or fastening it from the top, fasten from the waist up so you're fitting it to your torso and tightening it up. Then the last thing you do is adjust the shoulder straps to hold it in place. So you always go from the waist up."

Legally you must also carry a noise-maker and display an invasive species sticker.

"That's every water craft kayak, canoe, raft and stand up boards. The only exception is fishing float tubes," Pettygrove said.

Equipment rentals are available throughout the Magic Valley to enjoy water adventures.

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