With summer ending, many people visit the local lakes and rivers in order to soak in the last of the intense rays and enjoy water sports. Of course, since many people have three-day-weekends for Labor Day, the rivers, lakes, and beaches will be flooded with people everywhere. This increases the likelihood of potential dangers. Due to the increased population in these areas, it is important to practice safe measures in order to prevent unnecessary accidents. Below is a list of different things you can do to avoid a boating or drowning accident when enjoying some fun in the sun over the Labor Day weekend.
1. Only get in a boat with an experienced, responsible driver.
Before going for a boat ride, make sure the person operating the boat is an experienced driver. In addition, it is important to ensure the designated boat driver is not intoxicated. Not only is boating under the influence against the law, it is extremely dangerous to those around and fellow boat occupants.
2. Always wear your life jacket.
Regardless of whether or not you are an experienced swimmer, it is important to always wear a life jacket. If the boat you are in is hit, you can be thrown from the boat and as a result, go unconscious, making you unable to swim. If you wear a life jacket, you may stay afloat until someone is able to rescue you.
3. Make sure all children are wearing life jackets.
Even if children know how to swim, they may not have the necessary swimming skills when placed under stressful and emergency situations. Therefore, it is necessary for children to wear life jackets.
4. Supervise all children.
When riding in a boat, children may become excited or uncomfortable. If a child is not supervised, he or she may get too close to edges of the boat. This creates an extremely dangerous situation if the boat is to jerk or bounce when water conditions become rough.
5. Wave a bright, noticeable colored flag when a person from your boat is in the water.
Sometimes, a boat occupant might jump in the water to cool off or may fall off a floatation raft. If this happens, you or someone in the boat should hold up a flag to let other boaters know that a person is in the open water. This should slow any nearby boaters.
By taking the necessary safety precautions, you and your loved ones may be able to enjoy a successful summer weekend. However, if you are involved in a boating accident caused by the negligence of another individual, it is important to seek legal representation right away.
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