Ways To Keep Your Kids Safe When Boating this Summer
GEORGIA – According to an online news report at northwestgeorgianews.com, there are several steps you can take while boating this summer. These are as follows:*
- Children should always wear a life jacket when in a boat. The life jacket should be one that is approved by the United States Coast Guard. Make sure that the life jacket fits snugly.
- Do not rely on swimming aids as a substitute for life jackets. This includes water wings and noodles which are fun for kids, but they should never be used in the place of United States Coast Guard approved life jackets.
- Discuss boating safety tips with your children. Be sure to inform them on boating rules and that everyone must follow them, regardless of the circumstances. Children should be instructed to keep their feet and hands inside a boat at all times. Children should also be advised not to run on a boat.
- Enroll you and your older children in a boating safety course. This can help all of you learn the ways in which you can stay safe while boating.
- Get a vessel safety check every year. This is done for free by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary or the United States Power Squadrons.
- Always supervise children when around a pool or open water.
- To protect yourself and your children, do not drink alcoholic beverages while boating. A common cause of boating accidents that occur each year involve the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
- Be sure to have a carbon monoxide alarm on a motorboat that can signal when there is a buildup of toxic fumes form the boat’s engine.
- Enroll your children in swimming lessons.
- Be sure to advise your children as to the difference between swimming in open water versus a pool. This means that your children should be informed as to the conditions of open water which may occur such as uneven surfaces, ocean undertow and currents.
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