Marking the last day of summer with safety

Published Aug. 30, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas – September 4th we celebrate Labor Day, which generally marks the end of summer. Labor Day allows us the opportunity to relax with friends and family. Being the last opportunity to take advantage of summer many people are eager to enjoy the holiday. 

As we head into Labor Day weekend, our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey. We urge those individuals in the affected areas to continue listening to your local authorities. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is prepared and ready to respond to natural and human-made disasters. When disasters occur, USACE teams and other resources are mobilized from across the country to assist our local districts and offices to deliver our response missions. 

For all those who will be celebrating on Corps lakes and participate in water recreation please be aware of these basic safety precautions. It could ultimately save your life. 

  • Wear a properly fitted life jacket when in or near the water

  • Learn how to swim and swim within your limitations and abilities

  • Swim only in designated areas and always swim with a buddy

  • Children should always be supervised when in or near the water

  • Do not dive from elevated areas such as bluffs, large rocks, trees, bridges, etc.

  • Do not swim after floats that have drifted away nor rely on floats as life jacket substitutes

  • Pay attention and comply with posted warnings and be mindful of exposed hazards

  • Avoid alcohol and other drug use that impair physical ability and judgement

  • Avoid risky behavior and challenges that could lead to injury or death

  • Know the risks associated with boats, personal watercraft and other related activities 

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About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico.  Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: and SWF Facebook at:

Jesus Floriano
819 Taylor St., Fort Worth, TX

Release no. 17-028