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Duke Energy Encourages Boating Safety and Stewardship on Lakes This Summer May 24, 2012

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

Traditionally, Memorial Day marks the official start of the summer recreation season. Duke Energy encourages everyone to practice safety while boating and enjoying other lake activities.

Each year, thousands of people die or are injured, and millions of dollars of property damage occur because of preventable recreational boating accidents on U.S. waterways.

Everyone can make a difference by knowing and following all state-required safety rules and guidelines for boat operation, and ensuring each boat has the required safety equipment for the number of occupants and activities planned.

Overnight camping, fires, littering, removal of any vegetation and permanent structures are strictly prohibited on any public recreation access areas, islands or along the shoreline of Duke Energy reservoirs.

 “As you make your Memorial Day plans, we remind  boating and camping enthusiasts to pick up after their day on the lake, respect the access areas, the islands and their neighbors and enjoy the outdoors safely,” said Erin Culbert, Duke Energy spokesperson. “Camping is prohibited on the access areas and islands. Help us promote safety and keep these recreational resources clean.”

Please follow these other guidelines while enjoying the lakes:

  • Parking at public recreation access areas is permitted in marked spaces only. Vehicles and trailers should not park along the highway. Vehicles found in prohibited areas may be towed without prior notice, at the owner's expense.
  • Keep the environment safe and clean by leaving no trace of your visit to the lakes. Handle gasoline and oil with care to avoid spills, and please don't litter.
  • Always wear a personal floatation device – one should be available for every passenger.
  • Don’t overload a boat. Seats do not indicate capacity.
  • Keep track of the weather. If caught in rough water, keep low in the boat and head into the waves.
  • Alcohol and water don't mix. Alcohol distorts a person's judgment and slows down reaction time. Don’t mix alcohol with boating or swimming.
  • Always be attentive on the water, and focus on operating the boat. Remember an accident can happen very quickly. Stay alert for other boaters and skiers.
  • Use caution upstream and downstream of hydro dams, and observe posted signage.
  • Carry all the proper equipment including a cell phone, drinking water (to prevent dehydration) and let your friends and family know where you are going and when you will return.
  • Take advantage of the boating expertise that is available. The Red Cross, state agencies, marine commissions and other organizations offer a variety of safe boating courses. Free boat inspections are also available.

For questions, please call Duke Energy Lake Services at 1-800-443-5193.

Duke Energy Carolinas owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides approximately 19,500 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 2.4 million customers in a 24,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., its regulated utility operations serve 4 million electric customers in the Carolinas, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and a half-million natural gas customers in Ohio and Kentucky. Its Commercial Power and International Energy business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States. A Fortune 500 company, Duke Energy is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information is available at: www.duke-energy.com.

 

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