Is there anything better than getting out on the water and enjoying a nice cold beverage sitting in the back of a boat? We didn’t think so. Before you set out, however, it’s important to put safety first. To help make sure you’re prepared once you leave the dock, we’ve shared a list of boating safety tips from UticaOD.com below. Have fun and be safe!
- Read the forecast: Check the weather forecast before you head out on the water and keep your feet on the shore if a storm is about to roll in. Because weather is unpredictable, be sure to keep a smartphone or radio on hand while boating so you can be aware of any changes in the weather.
- Share your plans: Be sure that someone back on land is aware of your plans, so they know when to send help if you experience some trouble on the water. Important information includes the number of passengers, the route, and how long you plan on being out.
- Check out your boat: Do a safety check before leaving the dock. Print out a safety checklist and work your way through the list before boating.
- Buy a first-aid kit: Make sure there is a first-aid kit on board, so that if someone gets hurt you are prepared.
- Wear a lifejacket: Nearly 80 percent of all boating fatalities could have been prevented if the victim had been wearing a lifejacket so make sure everyone on board is wearing one. Lifejackets should fit snug. Do not put an adult jacket on a child.
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