Keep Safe on the Waters This Independence Day
Wednesday is the fourth of July and there’s no better time to take the boat out on the water than Independence Day. Summer is in full swing so the weather is beautiful, so now is a good time to take advantage of your day off. However, everyone else has the same idea as you. Many more boaters take to the water on Independence Day, and along with Memorial Day and Labor Day, these holidays account for more than one-third of all boating related accidents and fatalities. Whether you choose to take your boat out off the coast of cape cod or up to the lakes in New Hampshire aim to keep safe by adhering to these boating safety tips.
- Wear a lifejacket
It’s tempting to take off your lifejacket when the weather is bright and hot, but it’s best to leave it on for your own safety. Accidents happen quickly, and often there isn’t time to think about putting a lifejacket on when an accident happens. Ensure that everyone on the boat has a lifejacket and wears it at all times.
- Maintain the vessel
Before heading out on the waters, ensure your boat is up for the task. More often than not, 4th of July is the only time people venture out on the water after dark. Make sure your vehicle is in good condition and your navigation lights work so you can be better seen.
- Be prepared for emergencies
Take time to familiarize yourself with safety equipment, emergency procedures, and know how to contact authorities, should something go wrong. If you boat up in an area that requires flares, make sure they are up to date. Never use a flare as a form of a firework – this could be dangerous and constitutes as a fake distress call.
- Don’t mix boating and alcohol
You wouldn’t crack open a beer while you’re behind the wheel of your car, would you? For the same reason, you shouldn’t drink and drive the boat. Along with decreasing the operator’s ability to make good judgments, the consumption of alcohol also negatively affects the ability of passengers to respond in the case of an emergency on the water. Intoxicated boaters put themselves and others’ lives in dangers, and could face federal and state charges.
- Stay aware
The fourth of July is one of the most popular holidays in the year for boating, meaning that there are many more boats out on the water than your typical day. It’s imperative that the operator and those on board stay aware of other boats around. While you can’t control what other boats do, you can protect yourself and your boat by being cautious and defensive.
There’s no better way to cap off Independence Day than by going out on the water with friends and family. But with the increased amount of boats on the water, it’s important you take safety precautions. These safety tips will ensure you and your family enjoy your fourth of July and return safely at the end of the day.
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