4 Boat Safety Tips

Summer is here, and it’s time to get on the water. Before you put your boat in and power up the engine, be safe! Be sure you are following a few safety tips.
June 22, 2020 | General
By: Lisa D.
Lisa D. has almost 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, including over 15 years at Acuity. Before starting at Acuity, she obtained her P&C license and sold personal insurance. She keeps a pulse on industry trends while continuing to specialize in developing and updating personal auto insurance products. On top of that, Lisa has her Association in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Personal Insurance (API) designations. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys cooking, photography, and spending time with her family. The last two go hand in hand, as she takes pictures of her kids every day.

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Summer is here, and it’s time to get on the water. Before you put your boat in and power up the engine, be safe! Be sure you are following a few safety tips:

 

  • Always have life jackets close at hand or, better yet, have everyone on board wear them. 84% of boat-drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket.
  • Check your equipment. Ensure the lights on your boat are working, pay attention to engine maintenance, and have an emergency/first-aid kit on board.
  • Know before you go. Review local regulations regarding operation and depth/topographic maps before boating on unfamiliar waterways. Always check the weather beforehand. Keep an eye on the sky and get off the water if storms are approaching.
  • Don’t drink alcohol while operating a boat. It’s best if your passengers don’t drink either because alcohol is a common cause of falls overboard and other avoidable injury.

 

The top three causes of major boating accidents are passengers falling overboard, boats capsizing, and boats colliding with other boats or objects. And most accidents are preventable—7 out of 10 are due to operator error—so consider taking a boating safety course even if it’s not required. You won’t regret it!

By: Lisa D.
Lisa D. has almost 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, including over 15 years at Acuity. Before starting at Acuity, she obtained her P&C license and sold personal insurance. She keeps a pulse on industry trends while continuing to specialize in developing and updating personal auto insurance products. On top of that, Lisa has her Association in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Personal Insurance (API) designations. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys cooking, photography, and spending time with her family. The last two go hand in hand, as she takes pictures of her kids every day.

Author of Auto Focus