Getting out on the water is a fulfilling and relaxing activity for many people. While you are out having fun, it is important to also stay safe, no matter what type of boat you are using. Consult with T.D. McNeil Insurance Services in Folsom, CA for insurance for your vessel and related advice.
Here are some tips for safe boating:
Know how to swim, and make sure everyone aboard the boat also knows how to swim. Better yet, take a class that teaches about water safety, first aid and how to help someone who is in trouble in the water. Also know about swimming in rough conditions, such as rip currents, if you will be boating near or in the ocean.
Have enough life preservers for everyone who will be riding in your boat. Make sure everyone wears a life preserver and knows how to use it safely and correctly. If you have a large enough boat, you should also have other safety equipment on board, such as a safety raft.
Make sure you have enough supplies in and on your boat, including plenty of fuel. Have plenty of food, water, batteries, extra clothing and shoes, sunscreen, insect repellant, rope, rain gear, communication devices, and ways to call for help if needed.
Know and follow boating laws. Learn how to operate your boat for optimal safety. That includes safe speed, safe maneuvering, courtesy toward other boaters, and more. If needed, take a class that will inform you about the proper and safe operation of your boat. Also know about carbon monoxide, how to detect it and what to do if you do detect it. If a storm is approaching, immediately go back to the shore or marina. Never operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
To get more details about boating safety and insurance, contact T.D. McNeil Insurance Services serving the Folsom, CA area.