Now that summer is in full swing, I wanted to take a moment and mention boating accidents. Many people are spending a lot of time on the water, especially with the heat we have been experiencing. Although boating and other water sports are a great way to cool off and enjoy your summer, we want to remind you to practice safety while on the water.
According to statistics, about 600 deaths occur each year in the US while boating. We personally only own a canoe, but even canoeing there are safety issues. Everyone in the canoe is required to wear a life vest. They have each been taught how to swim of course. They have learned safety rules, such as staying seated, not leaning over the edge to reach something, and of course to stay alert. Even with a canoe you have to watch the water conditions and keep an eye out for submerged objects. Once you move to a larger boat there are many other issues. Do not drink and go boating. Water and alcohol are not a good mix. Be sure you know safety rules and locations of safety devices, such as extra life jackets, fire extinguishers, etc.
So before you hit the water this year, take a moment to go over safety rules with family and any friends who might be joining you. It may take a few minutes away from your fun, but it might save a life. Which is well worth the time.
Take a moment to check out this site HERE, where they list some of the statistics on boating accidents. The main causes and even what day of the week the most accidents occur.
Thanks for stopping in. See you again soon!