Now that school is just about out for most, it is important that everyone refresh themselves on summer safety tips. Too many children (and adults) get seriously injured or die because of the negligence of another person. Taking just a few safety steps can avoid injuries and lawsuits. This article will focus on boating safety tips.
First and foremost, the best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim. Many boating tragedies occur because people do not know how to swim.
Alcohol and boating do NOT mix. Alcohol impairs the boater’s judgment, balance, and coordination. Over 50% of drownings result from boating incidents involving alcohol. Operating a boat is as dangerous as operating a motor vehicle. The driver of the boat should not drink alcohol and you should not ride with someone who has.
Life jackets may be uncomfortable, but they save lives. Look for the label indicating that the life jackets on the boat you are on are Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
Develop a float plan. Anytime you go out in a boat, give a responsible person details about where you will be and how long you will be gone. This is important because if the boat is delayed because of an emergency, becomes lost, or encounters other problems, you want help to be able to reach you.
Lastly, watch the weather. Know local weather conditions and prepare for electrical storms. Stop boating as soon as you see or hear a storm.
The operator of the boat has a duty to keep all his or her passengers safe. If they fail to do so, they can be held responsible for injuries to the passengers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident because of the negligence of the operator of the boat, you should consult with an attorney to understand your rights.
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