With the July 4th holiday quickly approaching, the U.S. Coast Guard wants to provide a few tips for staying safe out on the water. Always wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket while underway: People don’t typically have time to locate and don a life jacket during an actual emergency. For two years in a row, over 75% of boating deaths were due to drowning, and 86% of those victims were not wearing a life jacket. Unfortunately, this statistic also includes children, so please ensure that not only are your smaller passengers wearing life jackets, but they’re also wearing one for their size. Life jackets that are too big for a child can pose a serious danger. Do not boat under the influence: Aside from wearing a lifejacket, not drinking or using drugs while boating is one of the easiest ways to prevent accidental deaths on the water. In 2020, alcohol was the leading factor in 18% of deaths on the water. People operating vessels under the influence of alcohol, drugs or impairing medication pose a serious threat to you and anyone else aboard. Don’t let your child ride in a boat operated by someone under the influence. If you see […]
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