HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Lots of people are expected to be out for the 4th of July weekend to enjoy nice weather and firework displays, especially along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg near City Island.

Taking the proper safety precautions before going on an aquatic adventure is a crucial step to having responsible fun. The number one thing you need to make sure you have are life jackets for everyone on board or in the water.

“Anyone under the age of 12 needs to be wearing a while under power. So that’s gonna be a pretty big thing and obviously making sure that we have the right size life jackets for the right size individuals,” said Chief Tony Reigle of Harrisburg River Rescue.

With the holiday weekend at the center of celebrations, lots of people will be drinking and partying on boats; However, just like driving a car, it is equally important to have a designated driver while boating.

“You totally can have fun you can let loose it’s a holiday weekend. But have a plan for how you’re going to get that boat back because drug boating under the influence is illegal,” Reigle said.

Get daily news, weather, breaking news and alerts straight to your inbox! Sign up for the abc27 newsletters here.

The Susquehanna River’s water level is just under four feet currently. That means the Dock Street Dam is at its most dangerous level.

“If we’re going to put a boat in somewhere, that we’re not familiar with, we’ve got to look at it before we do that, do a little research. And then even with our weather, even places that we’re used to going change over time, depending on how much rain we’ve had,” Reigle said.

Enjoy the holiday weekend, but be safe while boating, swimming, or hanging out near a body of water.

Stay up to date with the latest news with the free abc27 News app for iPhone and Android