Summer is a time for fun in the sun, and what could be more fun than spending a day on the water? Boating is a popular pastime enjoyed by people of all ages, but it can also be dangerous.
Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day see the most boating fatalities. If you’re planning to spend some time on the water this summer, take precautions to stay safe, especially on the holidays.
How to stay safe while boating
Over 5,000 boating accidents occur each year, resulting in over 700 deaths. However, most of these accidents are preventable if boaters take the proper precautions. Before heading out on the water, it is essential to check the weather forecast and be aware of any potential storms.
Once on the water, it is important to maintain a safe speed and look for other boats and obstacles. If nightfall is approaching, turn on the boat’s lights and use a handheld flashlight to signal your location.
Don’t drink and drive a boat
Every year, alcohol is a factor in thousands of boating accidents, resulting in injury or death. Alcohol impairs judgment, coordination, and balance, which are essential for safe boating. Drinking also increases the risk of hypothermia, as it can cause the body to lose heat more quickly. Finally, alcohol consumption can lead to dehydration, making it difficult to stay afloat if you fall into the water.
Even if you take all the necessary precautions, accidents can still happen. If you are involved in a boating accident, remain calm and think clearly. Try to contact the U.S. Coast Guard for emergency assistance. If you or a loved one are injured, you will need to seek assistance from someone who can help you receive compensation for your lost income and medical bills.