As the summer recreation season kicks into full gear, more and more Rhode Island residents are spending their time out on the water. Knowing important tips for boating safety can be key to preventing an accident, which is why we at Karns & Kerrison are not only here to help you if you do become injured, but we can also offer guidance to prevent any problems.
According to DiscoverBoating.com, there are many things you can do before you head out that will reduce the risks to you and any other boaters on the water. First is to develop a float plan that details how long you will be gone, where you are going, the communication devices you will have on board and your contact information. You can give this plan to the marina staff or a family member.
Next, there are several things you should check before heading out. Make sure the weather forecast is favorable and all parts of your boat are functioning and in good condition. The U.S. Coast Guard will perform a free vessel safety check for you in person or online. You should also verify that there are plenty of life jackets for all who will be on board as well as emergency flares or signals.
Knowledge is power, especially in this type of situation. Taking boating safety courses, learning to swim and perform CPR, and sharing that information with a designated skipper can protect you if things go wrong. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.