LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- When the weather's hot, it's cool to hit one of Arkansas' waterways for a day in the sun. But to keep tragedy from happening, everyone is encouraged to wear a life jacket or personal flotation device while on the water.

By law, all vessels must have at least one USCG-approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD (life jacket) for each person on board. In addition, children 12 years old and younger must wear a USCG-approved PFD securely fastened to their persons at all times while on any vessel.

The Army Corps of Engineers has also issued a small craft advisory for theArkansas River in Arkansas because recent heavy rains have caused flowsto rise.

Laurie Driver with the Corps suggests boaters think twice before taking in Riverfest out on the water.

"It's just not safe for small boats to be out, particularly the ones who want to be out for Riverfest and for the fireworks display," says Driver. "It's just easier to watch it and safer from a different location."

During the high flows, strong currents and large debris can threaten the safety of pleasure craft. The advisory will be in effect throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

Daily river information can be obtained on the Internet at or the Corps' mobile App which can be found in mobile App stores by searching for USACE Little Rock.

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