After a long winter of being cooped up inside, it’s time to take advantage of the warm weather. However, as so many people will be rushing out to sea in the next few weeks, it’s important to stay on top of safety considerations to prevent serious injury or worse. According to Popular Mechanic, every year about 700 Americans die due to recreational boating accidents. In addition to securing a customized Clifton Boat Insurance policy, follow these safety tips to avoid becoming the next statistic this summer season.
Bring enough life jackets.
It’s required that each person on board the boat has a designated life jacket. While no one is required to wear them, ensure enough are stored. As 90 percent of drowning victims didn’t have a personal flotation device, the statistics are proof: they save lives. Don’t leave the dock without them!
It goes without saying that drinking and boating don’t go well together. While it is legal to drink on boats, many people don’t know when to stop, causing severe injury and accidents behind the wheel. Furthermore, this can result in a BUI (boating under the influence) and costs the offender thousands in court fees and lawyers. So, before drinking that next beer, consider how it will impair your judgment and the safety of everyone on board.
Keep in touch.
Naturally, cell phone coverage on the water can be spotty. Instead of relying on these devices, always carry a VHF marine radio to get in contact with rescuers if need be. Plus, many will send automatic mayday information including your boat’s name and location. They only cost about $100 and can provide peace of mind, so if your vessel doesn’t already have one, it’s a wise investment.
At Tri-State Insurance Agency, we offer a variety of products to safeguard your valuable assets. To learn more about our specialty personal line services, contact us today at (888) 990-0526.