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Five tips to stay safe while boating this summer

There’s nothing better than a gorgeous afternoon on a lake, in the summer, on a boat. But do you know all you need to know to stay safe while boating this summer?

While a day on the lake is relaxing, you should also focus on ways to stay safe while boating. It’s not intuitive; there are things every boater – or casual boat passenger – must know before heading out on the water.

The legal experts at Schottenstein Law Offices want you to have fun while boating this summer. We are sharing five tips to keep you safe, happy and having fun. Read on:

Watch the weather

Sure, it might look like a gorgeous summer day when you first head out on the water, but as any sailor knows, the weather can turn – and fast. Keeping a close eye on the radar this can save you a lot of headaches and keep you safe while boating. No one wants to get caught out in a storm – especially not in a boat!

Life jackets

This one might seem like a no brainer, but many people do not wear life jackets while boating. It’s true! The fact is, accidents do happen on the water, so a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket should be worn by ALL passengers while underway. And if you have children on board, they MUST be wearing life jackets – depending on their age and what state you live in.

Don’t drink and boat

It’s just as dangerous to drink and drive your boat as it is to drink and drive your car, so if you are the captain, put down the booze and pick up a lemonade instead. And keep a close eye on your passengers, too. The heat and the waves and the sun can make even a few drinks dangerous and put people at risk for dehydration and more.

Take a class

Most recreational boaters don’t know all the rules of the water, so keep yourself in the know by taking a boating safety class. Many are even offered online. You’ll learn the rules of the waterways and how to stay safe while boating. Plus, it’s fun!

Maintenance

If you own a boat, it’s a great idea to keep it properly maintained, updated, clean and in the best shape possible. The U.S. Coast Guard also offers safety checks in some locations. It’s also a great idea to have a working radio, a First Aid kit and a tow boat plan, in case of emergencies.

Schottenstein Law Offices

The legal experts at the Schottenstein Law Offices hope you have a SAFE and fun summer out on the lakes and rivers of Ohio.