BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — As the weather gets warmer, the boating season grows closer and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding boaters to be safe on the water.

LDWF says “Safe Boating Week” takes place from May 21-27, and they’re encouraging boaters to inspect their vessels. The department says inspections should include making sure safety equipment is on board and boats are in working condition. Boating safety checks will be conducted by agents to make sure boaters are in compliance.

“Safe boating week is a good time to make sure your boat and all of your safety equipment is ready to go,” said Major Clay Marques, the state’s safe boating law administrator. “We want people to have fun on the water, but to do it in a safe and responsible manner. That starts with wearing a personal flotation device, having a sober operator and the required safety equipment for your vessel.”

A recent push for boating safety was sparked after recent boating fatalities. In March, the Associated Press reported a boating accident in Toledo Bend Reservoir that killed two men.

According to LDWF, 26 boating fatalities were reported last year in the state, and in 19 of those fatalities, the person was not wearing a personal flotation device.

For information about boating safety from LDWF, click here.