Boat Safety Tips

Independence Day is right around the corner. The best seats to see fireworks are by the water. If you’re going to be on a boat, you will need to know some safety tips. First up, as always, do not drink and drive! Read the list below for some more tips:

Life jackets on board: By law, you are required to have a coast guard-approved life jackets for every passenger on board. Life jackets aren’t solely designed to keep you afloat, but they can help prevent hypothermia and keep an unconscious person face-up. In some states it’s required for children to wear a life jacket at all times. Make sure you have proper jackets when you are on the water. 

Don’t rock the boat: Before you set out to sea, make sure to check your boat before you leave the dock. When you refuel your boat, open the hatch and smell for fumes. Sometimes, carbon monoxide can accumulate in and around the boat, knocking you unconscious.

Weather check: It’s ideal to go boating during sunny weather. However, the weather has been changing frequently. Sometimes, you never know how the weather will be until the day of. Make sure that you know who to call and where you can reach safety if your ship gets capsized or if you and your passengers go overboard.

 

 

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