Boating Safety Tips For This July 4th Weekend – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
July 4th is one of the busiest boating days of the year, and with thousands expected to witness fireworks on the water and popular boating hot spots across the countries, experts remind the public of safety in the water.
Experts say a historic number of new boat owners will navigate congested waterways and experience limited nighttime visibility this year.
âAfter a year of COVID restrictions, boaters are out on the water, enjoying lots of sun and fun,â said Water Sports Foundation executive director Jim Emmons. “With the addition of 415,000 new boat owners registered for the first time since 2020 now enjoying their first full season, we felt it was especially important to welcome them on the water and share important safe boating strategies as a busy vacation approaches. weekend. ”
Experts said those celebrating Independence Day on the water should do proper boat checks to make sure everything is in order. Make sure the proper safety equipment is on board and check the weather conditions in advance.
Pack sunscreen, a first aid kit, and a basic toolkit before departure.
It’s also important to have a plan in place with emergency contacts in case something goes wrong, and to make sure to appoint someone as a designated driver, experts said.
Those celebrating July 4th should also be careful after the fireworks display is over and should never set off any fireworks from the boat. Make sure a fire extinguisher is on board and easily accessible, experts said.
Most importantly, make sure everyone is wearing a life jacket.
âWe want boaters to avoid becoming a boating statistic over this holiday weekend by practicing a few safety measures to keep everyone safe,â Emmons said. “We believe safe boaters are happy boaters, so let’s all have fun being well prepared and safe on the water.”
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