With the spring and summer fast approaching, it is almost time for summer activities to resume in Southern California. The waters and beaches will soon be packed with families and tourists. If you plan on boating at all this season, keep these boating safety tips from the US Coast Guard in mind:
- Vessel safety check. Be sure that your boat or watercraft is properly maintained and safe to hit the water. Organizations can provide a free check if you don’t know how to inspect it yourself thoroughly.
- Safety classes. Operator error is the cause of nearly 70% of all boating accidents. The US Coast Guard encourages all sailors to attend classes regularly to stay up on the latest safety measures.
- Paddling safety. If you plan on going kayaking or paddle boating, know your limits and be aware of the water conditions and your surroundings. You should always go with a friend.
- Carbon monoxide (CO). This is a very real danger to sailors and people around boats. CO poisoning is common for people on boats that are anchored or idle for long periods of time. If you are going to be idle, cut your engine.
- Boating Under the Influence (BUI). The US Coast Guard and local law enforcement will undoubtedly be cracking down on drunk operators this year, as they have been recently. If you plan on drinking, make sure you have a designated operator who is knowledgeable and trained in boating safety.
- Life Jackets. Make sure that you and everyone in your boat has a life jacket on. Life jackets could prevent countless boating deaths.
These are just a few highlights to keep in mind. It is a good idea to take a safety course as a refresher before hitting the water this year. Enjoy and be safe!
Dudek Law Firm, APC—San Diego personal injury attorney.