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Posted on: July 25, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety

Safe boating recreation is a must, and everyone should take a minute and remember to check
your boats, personal watercraft and all equipment before launching at your favorite lake or
waterway. Make sure you have all required safety equipment, such as proper life jackets and
working fire extinguishers.

Be Weather-wise

Always check local weather conditions before departure- TV and radio forecasts can
be a good source of information. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough
changing winds, or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water.

Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist

Proper boating safety means being prepared for any possibility on the water. From
compliance with fire safety regulations to tips for fueling up, following a pre-departure
checklist is the best way to make sure no boating safety rules or precautions have been
forgotten.

Use Common Sense

One of the most important parts of boating safety is to use your common sense. This
means operating at a safe speed at all times, especially in crowded areas. Be alert at all
times, and steer clear of large vessels and watercraft that can be restricted in their
ability to stop or turn. Also be respectful of buoys and other navigational aids, all of
which have been placed there for one reason only- to ensure your own boating safety.

Make Proper Use of Lifejackets

Did you know that the majority of drowning victims are the result of boating accidents
were found not to be wearing a Lifejacket? Make sure that your family and friends
aren’t part of this statistic by assigning and fitting each member of your onboard team
with a lifejacket-prior to departure.

Avoid Alcohol

Practice boating safety at all times by saving the alcohol for later. The probability of
being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved, and studies
have also shown that the affect of alcohol is exacerbated by external effects such as
sun and wind.

Learn to Swim

If you’re going to be in and around the water, proper boating safety means knowing
how to swim. Local organizations such as the American Red Cross and others offer
training for all ages and abilities- check to see what classes are offered in your area.

Media and Public Contact: Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-226-5089

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