With the summer months finally here, many people are going to take their boats out on the water for a nice day to relax in the sun. That being said, there are a few precautions that should be followed while boating to ensure as much safety as possible to avoid injuries and death. If you’re planning on boating this summer, make sure to follow these steps to ensure safety on the water.

Emergency Radio

Many people taking their boat out make the mistake of turning off their emergency radio because they do not want to listen to “unimportant updates” all the time. It is very important to keep them on, though, as there are a lot of boating accidents that can be avoided by simply listening to the radio. Crashes, weather updates, and other important information all come through the radio, and listening to it could save your life.

Life Jackets

Wearing life jackets, or at least having them right next to you, can be extremely important. They save the lives of many whose boats unexpectedly tip over, or someone who falls in. In many states, there are laws that require children 13 and younger to have life jackets on at all times when on the boat, and these laws should be followed to ensure safety.

Boating Course­

Before taking the boat out for the first time, it is important to have some knowledge about boating and boating safety. By taking a boater’s course, you will learn a lot of information you may not have known before – enough to potentially save your life. Even if you have already taken the course, it may be smart to take it again if you have not taken it in a long time. Oftentimes, there may be new standards that were not discussed last time around.

If you or a loved one has gotten in a boating accident due to the negligence of another, contact The Paris Firm right away.