As summer weather warms up, taking the boat out on the water to beat the heat is likely at the forefront of boat owners’ minds. However, there are some essential safety tips to consider before doing so. Exercising safety precautions before taking you and your passengers out on the water can reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
To help ensure the safety of yourself, your passengers and others on the water, you should take the following safety precautions:
· Avoid alcohol consumption.
· Be familiar with the Texas boating laws.
· Apply sunscreen regularly to reduce heat-related illnesses.
· Monitor the weather and evacuate the water if the temperature drops or storm clouds roll in.
· Have backup clothes on board in case your clothing gets wet.
Perhaps the most crucial safety tip revolves around life jackets. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 81% of boating deaths in 2021 were due to drowning, and 83% of the victims were not wearing a life jacket. Ensure you have enough life jackets for you and your passengers on the boat. If children are on your boat, they should be wearing life jackets at all times until you are back at the dock.
Water Sports Tips
Water sports can be fun in the summer, but they also come with risks. If you or your passengers plan to participate in waterskiing or tubing activities, you should only do so during the day. It can be difficult to spot potential risks when it’s darker out. Additionally, always have a spotter in the boat and avoid going near the propeller when getting back into the boat. Exercising these safety tips can help create a safe environment and a fun experience for everyone on the boat.
For additional questions about boating safety near Waco, Texas, contact Texian Insurance today at 254-939-7000.
This blog is intended for informational and educational use only. It is not exhaustive and should not be construed as legal advice. Don’t hesitate to contact your insurance professional for further information.