Safe Boating Tips for the Fourth of July

07/03/2018

Spending your fourth of July on the water is exciting. However, boating accidents are more common because of the high volume of boat traffic. Here are some safety tips to help you enjoy Independence Day injury-free:

Refrain from drinking when boating: It is tempting to have a drink and celebrate when boating, but this comes with risk. The waves, vibration and other marine environmental factors can speed up the effects of alcohol in your body. It can impair your judgment and may affect your ability to drive the boat properly. Operating a boat under the influence is also illegal.

Always wear your life jacket: A life jacket isn’t the most comfortable equipment to wear, especially since it’s hot outdoors. However, it is still best to take precautionary measures and wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Stay alert.: Create a safety plan before boating. Inform someone about your itinerary and your companions. This way, someone will know your whereabouts in case you’re unable to return in the expected time. Familiarize the local boating speed zones and always drive at a safe speed. Perform a pre-boarding boat safety assessment and prepare safety equipment and emergency kits.

Check the weather: Never leave the dock without knowing the local weather. If it’s applicable, check the forecast of your destination too. Always keep an eye for the change of weather as well as the sudden shift of the wind or the behavior of the water.

The fourth of July is considered to be the highest-boating traffic weekend of the summer. It is best that you follow boating laws and safety tips to enjoy Independence Day in the waters!