Water safety tips for the upcoming Memorial Day
Published on Friday, May 26, 2023 at 9:00 am
Whether you’re a boater, angler, or water sports enthusiast in Kentucky, remember to be responsible on the waterfront, especially Memorial Day weekend when it can be busier than usual.
The Safe Boating Campaign, led by the National Safe Boating Council, offers these tips for practicing social distancing and safe boating:
–Wear a life jacket. Whatever activity you have planned on the water, always remember to wear a life jacket whenever you are on the water. Accidents on the water can happen far too quickly to reach and put on a stowed life jacket.
–Make sure your life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard approved, appropriate for your water activity, and fits properly. A life jacket that is too big or too small can cause different situation problems.
– Know the state boating laws. Violations can result in speeding tickets, fines, or imprisonment.
– Take a boat safety course. Learn valuable tips that can save your life in unexpected situations.
–Ensure your boat or watercraft is maintained and prepared. There are many things that need to be checked and re-checked on every boat. Double check that the fuel is fresh, the engine and steering controls are working freely, and the electrical systems are working properly.
– Arrange a vessel security check with your local US Coast Guard Auxiliary or US Energy Squadrons before hitting the water. Every ship security check is carried out 100% free of charge.
– Always submit a float plan. Before you leave shore, tell someone on shore that you have confidence in your plan, including details of the voyage, boat, people, towing or trailer vehicle, communications equipment, and emergency contacts.
–Check the weather, including water temperature. Before you go out, check the current ocean weather forecast and check back regularly for changing conditions. Bring a battery-powered NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio and check the weather forecast at least twice a day.
– Do not drink or drive while boating. When the root cause of accidents was known, alcohol was listed as the leading cause of boating-related fatalities.
-Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning. Gasoline engines on boats, including onboard generators, produce carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless and odorless gas that can poison or kill someone who inhales too much. Be sure to install and maintain a working CO alarm, never block exhaust outlets, and always dock at least 20 feet from the nearest boat operating a generator or engine, on shore or at anchor.
– Pay attention to sockets and extension cords for “shore power” when docking. Wiring can fray or become damaged and conduct dangerous electrical charges along metal conductors and even into the water. If you suspect an electrical hazard, have the unit checked by a licensed, trained, and experienced electrician.
-Keep in touch. Communication devices can be the most important emergency equipment on board a ship, especially in an emergency. Make sure you have and know how to use at least two communication devices that work when wet, e.g. B. Satellite phones, emergency radio beacons (EPIRB), VHF radios and personal locator beacons (PLB).
By following these tips, you can responsibly enjoy your boat, water, sun and fresh air.
For more boating resources and tips, visit SafeBoatingCampaign.com.