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... Boating Safely in 2024 ...

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

1 ... There are nearly ... 12 Million Recreational Vessels Registered in the U.S ... As a result ... Each Year ... Millions of People Chose to Enjoy Their Free Time ... On and in the Water ... 2 ... Boating and watersports are among the most popular and relaxing ways to spend your summer holidays. ... 3 ... Fireworks ... The Spectacular Fourth of July ... Fireworks Show in New York City ... For many years the ... Water Club ... has been the best location to enjoy the fireworks show up close and personal ... 4 ... ... Surviving the Hot Weather ... Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing ... 5 ... Use your cooktop less ... This will help Reduce the Temperature in Your Boat ... 6 ... Insects ... Keep Insect Repellents Onboard ... 7 ... Bike Safety ... Many Boaters use bikes for transportation in newly visited ports ... 8 ... In 2021, the U.S. Coast Guard reported 4,439 boating incidents that resulted in 658 deaths, 2,641 injuries and about $67.5 million in property damage. Stay safe by being prepared and using the appropriate equipment, whether enjoying a ride on a motorized boat, paddling a kayak or, wakeboarding ... 9 ... Life Jackets Are Essential ... Life jackets are at the core of safe boating ... whether you are using a motorized or non-motorized vessel ... 10 ... The U.S. Coast Guard reports that ... 11 ... 81% of boating deaths in 2021 were due to drowning, and ... 12 ... 83% of the victims were not wearing a life jacket ... 12 ... While regulations on life jacket use vary from state to state ... 13 ... the Wear It program of the ... National Safe Boating Council ... promotes boating safety by encouraging boaters to wear life jackets any time they are on a boat, motorized or non-motorized ... 14 ... Good swimmers still need life jackets ... 15 ... When people fall off a boat ... They May Become Disoriented ... Injured or Unconscious ... 16 ... Life jackets can keep victims’ heads above water so they can ... 17 ... Breathe and be Rescued more Easily ... 18 ... Every Child Should Wear ... a ... Life Jacket ... At All Times When Boating ... Choose the right life jacket for the activities you will be doing ... 19 ... Double check to make sure the life jackets are U.S. Coast Guard approved and fit correctly ... 20 ... Make sure the jacket is a proper fit for your size and weight ... 21 ... Make sure the jacket is properly fastened ... 22 ... Hold your arms straight up over your head, ask a friend to grasp the tops of the arm openings and gently pull up ... 23 ... make sure there is no excess room above the openings and that the jacket does not ... 24 ... ride up over your chin or face ... 25 ... Get Educated ... and ... Reduce Risks ... The National Safe Boating Council encourages following these boating safety tips to minimize risks ... 26 ... Take a National Association of Boating Law Administrators' Safety Course ... 27 ... Be familiar with Your Local State Boating Laws ... 28 ... Get Trained In ... the Nautical Rules of the Road... 29 ...When operating a motorized boat ... Be Mindful of Carbon Monoxide ... 31 ... CO1 ... Is ... an Odorless, Colorless, Poisonous Gas ... It is Emitted By All ... Combustion Engines ... and onboard ... Motor Generators ... 32 ... Be Prepared Before Getting Under Way ... 33 ... Check that Your Equipment is in ... Good working Order ... 34 ... Get a Vessel Safety Check from the ... Coast Guard Auxiliary or

The Power Squadron ... 35 ... Review a pre-departure checklist to ensure you have everything you need in your boat, including ... 36 ... a tool kit ... a First-aid kit ... plus ... Food and Water for All Onboard ... 37 ... Before you leave the dock ... always file a float plan with someone you trust ... 38 ... Dress Properly and Bring an Extra set of Clothes in Case you Get Wet ... 39 ... Don’t forget the sunscreen and know the signs of heat illnesses ...Exercise Good Judgment ... 40 ... Respect your limits and keep within your safety zone ... To ... Avoid Injury ... 41 ... Don't drink and drive a boat ... Because ... Alcohol Affects Judgment, Vision, Balance and ... Coordination ... 42 ... Once on the water, ... Use Common Sense ... 43 ... in a split second ... a situation can arise or the ... weather can ... Turn Bad Quickly ... 44 ... If You Notice ... Storm Clouds ... a Sudden Temperature drop ... or ... Increasing Wind Speeds ... play it safe and ... and get into ... safe waters as Soon as Possible ... 45 ... Safety Tips for Water Skiers, Tubers, and WakeBoarders ... Skiing, tubing and wakeboarding are popular water sports, but they also can be dangerous with participants traveling at high speeds ... Remember to take the following steps to minimize the risks ... 46 ... Learn how to get up out of the water and how to safely use the tow rope ... 47 ... Always have a spotter in the boat, and go over basic hand signals ... 48 ... Make certain the towline is not caught in the propeller or wrapped around you prior to beginning ... 49 ... Wait for the Propeller to Stop Before Getting Back on the Boat ... 50 ... Enjoy These Activities during

... Daylight Hours Only ...

... Tips on Safe Paddling ... Get the beginners guide to safer paddling from the U. S. Coast Guard ... ... Fireworks Safety Tips ...

Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire ... Never Use illegal Fireworks ... Always use Fireworks outdoors and keep a Bucker of Water or a hose nearby in case of accidents ...Never place a part of your body directly over Fireworks...



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