4 Boating Safety Tips to Keep in Mind this Spring and Summer
Warm weather has officially arrived in the St. Louis area. Unfortunately, getting outside and enjoying it is difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions placed on travel and businesses. If you own a boat, going out by yourself or a small number of people is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while remaining socially distanced. However, it’s important to remain safety-conscious during this unusual time, as boat accidents can happen anytime, anywhere.
Keep these three tips in mind to reduce your risks:
- Never drink and drive—Just as you wouldn’t drive your vehicle while under the influence, you also shouldn’t drive your boat while intoxicated. Drunk boating is a recipe for a serious accident.
- Avoid distractions—It can be tempting to take your eyes off the water when you’re boating on a wide-open lake or river. But potential hazards can lurk just under the surface, and other watercraft can appear suddenly and without warning. Keep your eyes on the water ahead at all times.
- Stock enough lifejackets for all passengers—Everyone on board needs a lifejacket in case of an emergency. In addition, you should have throwable flotation devices to rescue any passengers who fall overboard while you’re on the water.
- Limit your number of passengers—Now isn’t the time to party on your boat. In addition to never exceeding the maximum number of passengers for your boat, you should also reconsider even approaching that number, as doing so can increase the risk of COVID-19 infection.