Memorial Day kicks off the busiest season on lakes in Arkansas and the United States. We all want to have fun on the lakes this summer, but being responsible means we avoid ruining the experience, getting injured, or, worse, an accidental fatality. Before you take the boat out on the water, make sure you take the steps to stay safe off and on the water. Boone Ritter Insurance has a number of boat and water safety tips you and your family can take to increase safety.
Prep the boat
Before heading out on the water, make sure that you are following all of the local and state regulations. Having the proper equipment and knowledge is important to ensure that everyone is safe. If you know of free vessel check in your local area, go ahead and take advantage of this service.
Wear Life Jackets
Always wear life jackets. They should be fastened securely and should fit properly. People who are not skilled swimmers should especially wear them. If you are going to be out on the water, make sure that you are wearing a life jacket that is properly secured. At the very least, ensure your boat is secured with life jackets for emergency situations.
Swim in designated areas
Swimming in open water has many unpredictable factors and avoiding this can keep families safe from harm. If other boaters are avoiding an area to dock, there may be a reason. Be aware of your surroundings, and stick to locations where you can easily get out oft he water would the need arise.
Don’t drink and drive
Alcohol consumption can cause fatal accidents when it comes to boats. The driver shouldn’t not be driving under the influence, and the passengers should also refrain from drinking alcohol so as to not distract the driver. Just in case, ensure there is someone who is not under the influence who can drive the boat in case things go wrong while on the water.
Always expect the unexpected
If you are planning on going fishing, or even just having fun in the water, make sure that you are aware of the conditions. The weather can change, someone may not be able to swim, or one of your friends may get sick. Also, make sure to be aware of the other people around you when out on the water in case of an emergency.
By following these safety tips, you’re on your way to avoiding the core factors in boating accidents: drowning, alcohol use, and a lack of boater safety education. It’s also important to ensure you and your boat are properly insured. If you have questions about your policy or want to explore your options, contact the pros at Boone Ritter Insurance for a Free Quote! Even if you already have insurance, Boone Ritter Insurance will help ensure you have all of the coverage you need (and that it’s working for you)!