Summer is here and it’s boating season, here are some boat safety tips:
Check fuel levels and engine for liquid, vapor or carbon monoxide leaks
Check electrical systems and lights
Test radios and navigation equipment
Attach boat and vehicle keys to a floating device
Check weather reports
If possible have an inflatable device or an actual life boat on board
If you go boating alone, always wear a life jacket so if you fall overboard you’ll have a better chance of surviving - especially if you hit your head, or if a medical event such as heart attack, low blood sugar or seizure cause you to fall overboard. You may not be able to swim at all or for very long during a medical event.
Tell someone where you plan to go boating and when you plan to return so if you’re not back when expected they can notify the authorities.
Take the boat registration, towing policy information, a fire extinguisher and first aid kit
Only allow authorized operators to operate the boat – don’t risk having an uninsured loss!