The last week of May is National Safe Boating Week.
Your Real Estate Nation team loves the lake, and know you do too, so let’s stay safe this boating season!
A few tips to help you safely enjoy Memorial Day weekend, and all summer long:
- Grab a life jacket and wear it! Nearly 85 percent of people who drown while boating were not wearing a life jacket.
- Reminder that boaters are required to have U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets on board for every passenger on their vessels.
- Don’t drink and operate a boat. The effects of alcohol can be even more hazardous on the water than on land. Boating While Impaired, or BWI, affects judgment, vision, balance and coordination. These impairments can increase the risk of being involved in a boating accident—for both passengers and boat operators. Alcohol is a contributing factor in about a third of all recreational boating fatalities.
- Watch for those colors on the water, they all mean something, here’s a refresh
- Educate kids and have rules on the boat. 22 children under the age thirteen lost their lives while boating in 2015.
- Some areas on Lake Minnetonka and other Minnesota lakes have been established as a Quiet Water Area (QWA). Motor operated watercraft (including waterborne aircraft), cannot be operated in excess of 5 m.p.h. or at a speed that results in more than a minimum wake. That doesn’t mean you can stand-up though either!
Looking at the United States as a whole:
Top-Ranking States for Reported Boating Accidents
New York: 174
North Carolina: 162
South Carolina: 123
New Jersey: 122
Tennessee/Washington (tie): 107
BE SAFE! HAVE FUN FRIENDS!