Boating Safety Tips for Spring

With spring rapidly approaching, our nation’s lakes, rivers, beaches, and bays will be filling up with kayaks, canoes, and sail boats. Whether you are hitting the water for fishing or recreation, it is essential that you practice proper boating safety. After all, as the U.S. Coast Guard reminds us, 70 percent of boating accidents are caused by human error. 1.     Wear a Life Jacket U.S. Coast Guard suggests life jackets could have saved the lives of more than 80 percent of boating fatality victims. While you may think you are a strong swimmer, accidents can result in injury and loss of consciousness. Additionally, there is often little time to reached stowed life jackets following a crash, so be sure you are wearing one at all times. 2.     Check Weather Conditions Never go boating without checking the weather. What starts as a beautiful day can quickly turn windy and rainy, resulting in significant boating hazards.…

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