The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has a simple reminder for boaters: life jackets save lives.

The MNRF says over 65 per cent of all preventable fatal drownings take place in rivers and lakes. That’s why Ontario’s conservation officers are reminding the public to be safe on while out on the province’s waters.

When it comes to boating there are a few safety tips to remember:

-Always remember to wear a personal floatation or a life jacket
-Take a boating course
-Don’t operate a boat while impaired
-Inspect your vessel and safety equipment before going out on the water
-Be aware of the dangers of being in cold water in the early spring

To help ensure a safe boating season conservation officers inspect marine safety equipment and patrol various locations. If you see a natural resource violation you can call the ministry TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free anytime or your local MNRF office. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).