Summer is right around the corner and with it, boaters across the country will head back out to lakes, lagoons, and seas to continue a favorite pastime. As any good boater will tell you, safety is key to having fun on the waterway. Below, we discuss how to stay safe while boating this summer.
Preparation is a vital part of any excursion on the water. Before heading underway, create and review a checklist that contains the following elements:
- Life jackets for everyone on board
- U.S. Coast Guard-approved safety kit with buoyant rope, waterproof flashlight and flares, sound-emitting signal device, water pump, etc.
- Fire extinguisher
- First aid kit
- Drinking water
- Weather gear including sunscreen, hats, rain jackets, etc.
Any time you head out on the water, you should let someone on land know your planned route and return time. That way, if you experience problems while on the water, someone knows you missed your return window and can contact local authorities.
Boats should be operated the same way as cars. That means no drugs or alcohol while operating the boat. Not only is that extremely dangerous, but it’s also illegal.
Additionally, passengers must stay seated while the boat is in motion, just like passengers in a car stay buckled in.
Boat operators, like motorists, must also use signals when on the waterway to show their intention to other boaters, such as through horn signals and/or flags. Following all these guidelines can enhance boaters’ and passengers’ safety on the water.
Even if you take all of these precautions, boating accidents can still happen. If you or someone you love has been injured in a boating accident, our Kansas City and Topeka personal injury attorneys are here to help. We have helped countless clients across Missouri and Kansas recover the compensation they need and deserve after a devastating accident. We may be able to help you, too.
Call DiPasquale Moore at (888) 743-1030 to schedule a free consultation.