17 Jul Summer Boating Safety
According to the US Coast Guard, approximately 700 people die each year from boating accidents. Prevention is the most important aspect of keeping everyone safe during boating trips. Stay safe this summer with these tips shared by the Coast Guard:
- Wear a life preserver. Make sure you have one for each passenger on the boat at all times. Require children and passengers that can not swim to wear them at all times. Make sure the life preservers are easily accessible for everyone.
- Refrain from drinking alcohol on the boat. If you are the captain, save the drinks for after you’ve docked and back on land. Staying alert is very important on the water. You should also watch your passengers’ alcohol intake as well. Alcohol impedes people’s reaction time that could cause serious injuries on the boat. One slip and a passenger could end up in the water.
- Keep in touch with someone on land. Do not rely on your cell phone as a good means of communication. Keep a VHF marine radio onboard to stay in touch if needed.
- Always check the weather. If there are storms in the forecast, plan for a different day out on the boat. You do not want to find yourself out in bad weather where it could be difficult to get help if anything bad were to occur. Remember, not only do you put yourself and your passengers in danger by risking it on a bad weather day; you also risk the lives of rescue personnel if they have to travel out to save you.
Of course, our #1 tip for boat safety is to make sure that you, your passengers, and your boat are safe and protected. That means insuring your boat before it hits the open seas! We can quote you among our many carriers to find you the policy with the best coverage at the best price. Be sure to give our office a call today so we can give you the peace of mind you need to enjoy a day on the water.
We hope you have a wonderful time on your boat this summer and always do so safely. If you have any questions about how to insure your boat this summer, don’t hesitate to give us a call!