Keep safety in mind before you hit the lakes in Cottage Country this weekend.

The OPP is asking you to keep a checklist close by to make sure everything you need is on board your boat for any emergency that might crop up. That includes making sure there are proper-sized lifejackets for everyone on board, which is law.

Check ahead to make sure the weather will be clear and make sure to plan your route. Police say most important of all is making sure someone knows where you’re going and when you’ll be back.

Here are a few more tips to make sure your time on the water will be fun and safe: