Boat Safety – First Aid Kits and Fire Extinguishers Must Be On Board
As a boat owner, it is very important to consider boating safety. This should start at the time of purchase. Before making the purchase, it is important to make sure that the boat being considered is certified by the Coast Guard and has received approval for personal watercraft protection. Purchasing a used or old boat can pose serious safety hazards if certain safety items are not taken into consideration.
There are some boaters who choose to engage in water skiing as a means of getting around. It is an extreme sport, but it does offer many advantages. Boats that are used for water skiing typically are more stable, have better maneuverability, and are usually faster than small speed boats. However, there are a number of safety issues with water skiing, and any boater taking their boats out on the water should consider the following. This boat safety checklist covers all of the boat safety aspects associated with water skiing.
The first thing that anyone interested in water skiing should know is the law in their particular state. Many states require boating people to wear life jackets. Every state will be a little different when it comes to how life jackets function, but all boats should be equipped with them. Many states require that all water skiers and their escorts wear at least one life jacket. Most of these laws are designed to prevent drowning and to protect those who may be left in critical situations while in a boating accident.
Boats that carry more than two people and are over 16 feet long must also be equipped with life jackets. Life jackets are good for all types of water, but they are especially important for people who may be trapped in a burning vessel. If the fire is not quickly extinguished, people who remain strapped in may be burned alive. Even if a small flame is put out, human skin will not remain protected against the intensely hot steam from a fire. Life jackets should make sure that the people are able to keep afloat for at least five to ten minutes after a boat has started to burn.
If you are planning a day of deep sea fishing and you happen to be in a boat that is only two or three years old, it is probably still too early to start thinking about boat safety. But you should make sure that the vessel is in a good condition before you leave it. A good condition boat will be able to hold out longer during a storm and should make it through a few bad weathers without getting stranded.
Boat safety rules differ from state to state. In some places, a boat that is only sixteen feet long is not required to have a life jacket. However, boats that are at least sixteen feet long are required to have a life jacket on board and those in excess of twenty-six feet need to have one. This rule is meant to keep shallow water fishermen alive. A fisherman could easily get himself tangled in the lines and lose his life if he was not wearing an adequate life jacket.
Some states are trying to buck the trend by adding a blood alcohol limit to their boat insurance policies. The argument is that boating accidents are usually caused by drunken driving and therefore the addition of a blood alcohol limit would deter many people from drunken driving. It is also believed that the law is fair because someone has the right to drink if they so choose. However, this argument is unlikely to sway the International Maritime Organization, which is considering banning the blood alcohol limit altogether. This organization also happens to be the world’s biggest maritime governing body and they have no qualms about having set their own rules. So you can expect a blood alcohol limit on most boats to be in place.
Boating accidents can result in injuries or fatalities. A person who does not have a life jacket or does not have life jackets in the water will be at a higher risk for drowning. Also, boats must be fire proof as well as fire extinguishers in the water. Boats that do not contain these necessities are considered to be defective and may be unsafe.