Be Safe On the Lake: Remember Boating Safety This Summer

As we enter another busy summer boating season, many locals and visitors will visit our lakeside communities to enjoy the waterfront. While this is a great time to relax with family and friends, it’s important that we remember boating safety tips to avoid preventable accidents.

Below are some helpful tips from the National Safe Boating Council to keep you and your loved ones safe while out on the water:

  • Wear your life jacket
    • U.S. Coast Guard recently reported that over two-thirds of fatal boating accident victims drowned – approximately 90% were not wearing a life jacket. Wear it!
  • Know the nautical “rules of the road”
    • When you approach another boat, slow down. This will prevent costly damage to your boat, yourself or your loved ones.
  • Stay sober
    • Operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or narcotics is illegal, just as it is on land.
  • Monitor Carbon Monoxide (CO)
    • Boat engines produce CO, an odorless, colorless and poisonous gas that could cause a fatality in a matter of minutes. Use CO detectors on your boat and stay off the swim platform when the engines are running.
  • Pay attention
    • According to the National Safe Boating Council, 70% of recreational boating accidents are caused by ‘operational hazards such as recklessness, carelessness, excessive speed, etc. Keep your eyes peeled for potential hazards, swimmers nearby and other boaters.

We hope you review these tips and share them with your loved ones, so we can all safely enjoy the natural resource that you help us preserve the natural resources in our lakeside communities.


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