It’s another #FridayFireSafetyTip here in the Ville. This week, as the weather is consistently warm, we’re discussing ‘Boating Safety’. With two large lakes in our response area, we want to make sure that you stay safe while having fun on the water!
Partnering with the Lake Norman Power Squadron of the United States Power Squadrons, U.S. Coast Guard and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission we offer the following safety information, tips and educational advice!
BOATING SAFETY TIPS
• Complete a Boater Safety Course, such as the ABC (America’s Boating Course) which is offered locally here through the Lake Norman Power Squadron.
• Have a ‘Float Plan’, share where your are going and how long you are going to be there.
• Be weather aware and weather alert. Have a weather radio on hand and when a weather watch or warning hits, GET OFF THE WATER immediately.
• Stay Alert and exercise common sense while on the water. An error or lapse in judgement is harder to correct out on the lakes.
• Here in NC, ALL children under the age of 13yrs MUST wear a life jacket (personal flotation device) while underway.
• Avoid the use of alcohol. Statistics show that the probability of an accident on the water doubles when alcohol is involved.
• Boating Checklist, know what you must have with you on the boat. Here’s a link to the list courtesy of NC Wildlife.
• Consider a free vessel safety check. The Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron can help: Vessel Safety Check
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