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Boating is a big part of summer here in East Tennessee. Whether you own your own boat and take friends out on the water with you, or you tag along with a friend or relative who invites you on their boat, spending time on the water with the wind in your hair is a refreshing way to beat the dog days of summer. But, boating accidents accounted for 701 deaths, 2,903 injuries in 2016, according to the American Boating Association. Because boating accidents can result in serious personal injury or even death, attorney Michael R. Munsey has some boating safety tips to keep you and your friends safe while out on the water this summer.
- Always wear a life jacket
Not just any life jacket, but one that is U.S. Coast Guard compliant, which should bear the approval on the life jacket itself. And by always, we mean from the moment you step foot on a boat until it is docked. Stowed away life jackets are of no use during an accident. Life jackets are responsible for having saved the lives of 80% of boating victims that otherwise could have been fatalities.
- Watch out for the propeller
Always make sure everyone is safely in the boat before starting the engine to avoid any injuries caused by the propeller. Also, be sure to wear your emergency cut-off switch at all times, in case someone gets too close to the propeller. There even are additional sensors and guards that you can purchase for added protection against propeller injuries.
- Stock up on safety equipment
Safety equipment comes in handy during an emergency, which hopefully won’t ever be needed. Keep aboard enough life jackets for all riders, but also stock some flares, a horn whistle, a marine radio, extra dock line, and a first-aid kit.
- Get a float plan
Most of what we have mentioned so far may sound familiar, especially for experienced boaters, but many may not be aware of a float plan. This can be done digitally through the U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary’s website, and it includes information about your boat, where you will be, the passengers on board, where you will be stopping, and more. This information can be useful for search and rescue teams should an unfortunate accident occur.
- Don’t boat under the influence (BUI)
It isn’t safe, and it increases your risk of being involved in a boating accident. According to statistics, alcohol is responsible for about one-third of all boating accidents. Instead of taking the risk, pack plenty of non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks to keep you hydrated and satiated.
- Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
Co2 gas is odorless and colorless, making it even more dangerous since you may not even know that it is there. Install Co2 alarms on your boat, and make sure no one is in the way of the fumes from the engine.
- Get the lowdown on boating safety
Regardless of whether you are a new boat owner, renting one for the first time, or just going along for a ride in a friend’s boat, get the lowdown on boating safety.
- Get your boat checked
The U.S. Coast Guard will come to you at your requested time to do a free, and consequence-free, safety check of your vessel. This is a great way to ensure you and your passengers remain safe this summer.
Boating Accident Attorney in Kingsport
If you are dealing with a boating injury due to the negligence of someone else, then you need someone to fight for your rights. Deciding which personal injury attorney to choose for your case can be intimidating. But, here at the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., we are confident that we can meet your needs and provide you with unparalleled service. Our main goal is to help you. To learn more about our services, please contact our office by calling (276) 451-2056 or schedule your free consultation.
The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., bring more than 30 years of experience for our clients who live in Johnson City, Kingsport, or Bristol, TN, and Bristol, VA.