4 Boating Safety Tips

If you love the water, few things are better than boating season. Summer just wouldn’t be summer without spending those long, hot days on the lake. Get ready to spend some time cooling off with a lazy dip in the water, dropping a line in hopes of catching a “big one” or having an action-packed day of waterskiing and tubing.

Don't let an accident wreck your fun! Check out these tips from Safeco to keep you safe on the water this summer season.

Experience Counts
Make sure anyone who drives your boat is properly trained. Also, most insurers offer boat insurance discounts if you complete a safety course with the Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons.

Life Preservers Aren’t Just for Kids
It’s not enough to just have life jackets on board—wear them! In an accident, people rarely have time to reach for a life jacket. This rule applies to adults, not just children.

Watch the Back of the Boat
Carbon monoxide kills in minutes. So tell your passengers where your exhaust pipes are located and turn off your engine when people are in the water, and don't let passengers "ski" or “teak-surf” by holding on to the back of the boat.

Boats Need TLC Too
When you're out on the water, make sure your gas tanks are vented and bilges are free of vapors, oil, waste and grease. Carry a charged fire extinguisher. Have your boat's operating systems checked yearly by a certified marine technician.

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Information in this article is general in nature and for your consideration, not as financial advice. Please contact your own financial professionals regarding your specific needs before taking any action based upon this information.

Article prepared by Safeco Insurance. Copyright 2019; May 2019

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