In the United States, there are more than 11 million registered boats. In most cases, boating experiences are positive and create lasting memories. However, even the most enjoyable times can easily become deadly once boaters fail to become vigilant about boat safety at all times.
One of these three things may happen once a good day on the water becomes tragic, as per the U.S. Coast Guard:
- A boat capsizes
- A boat passenger falls overboard
- A boat accidentally hits an object or another boat.
In 2017 alone, there were 4,291 boating accidents reported by the U.S. Coast Guard. In this figure, 658 involved deaths, 2,629 involved injuries and around $46 million worth of damage to property.
What Happens If You Fall Off The Boat In Frigid Water
If a person is exposed to water that is below 79 degrees for too long, that individual will experience hypothermia. The body will cool 25 times faster when in cold water than when in cold air, as per the Personal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association. If you fall in frigid water, you are at risk of dying even if you are wearing life jackets.
Don’t Forget To Wear Life Jackets
Safe boating means wearing life jackets. In 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard reported that 76% of deaths related to boating were due to drowning. Out of those who have died, 84.5% of the victims didn’t wear a life jacket. Life jackets are widely available. Coast Guard approved life jackets are offered in different designs with comfort in mind. Before you set sail, be sure to review a pre-departure checklist to make sure that you have all that you need in your boat, such as your tool box and first aid kit. Use your common sense when you are on water. In just a matter of seconds, a problem may arise or the weather can instantly turn. In case you notice storm clouds, or a sudden drop in temperature, or maybe an increase in wind speed, play it safe and get off the water right away.
Reduce Risks By Getting Educated
The National Safe Boating Council is promoting safer recreating boating via education, outreach, as well as training. The Coast Guard data in 2017 showed that 81% of deaths happened on boats where there were no boating safety instructions. By comparison, about 14% of deaths happened where the operator received a nationally approved certificate for boating safety education. To reduce the risk, the Coast Guard recommends these tips:
- Do not drink as alcohol will affect your vision, judgement, coordination, and balance.
- Enroll in a safety course.
- Contact a local volunteer to help you in getting a free boat safety check.
- Educate yourself about carbon monoxide. It is an odorless, colorless, and poisonous gas that is produced by all combustion engines as well as onboard motor generators.
The extra effort you put in to taking these types of precautions will help in making sure that you and your family enjoy a fun filled and safe water adventures.
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