Boating Safety Tips for Troutdale
The suns out in Gresham, which means that boats are out too!
With the nice weather come all the fun summer activities, including boating! The following tips are here to keep you and your family safe this summer while out on your boat.
- Check the Forecast
Be sure to check local weather conditions before heading out on the water. If you notice darkening clouds, rough changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water.
- Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist
Proper boating safety includes being prepared for any possibility on the water.
- Use Common Sense
An extremely important part of boating safety is to use your common sense. This means operating at a safe speed at all times and staying alert, Also, be respectful of buoys and other navigational aids, which have been placed there to ensure your safety.
- Have an Assistant
Make sure more than one person on board is familiar with all aspects of your boat’s handling, operations, and general boating safety. If the primary navigator is injured or incapacitated in any way, it’s important to make sure someone else can to get everyone else back to shore.
- Create a Float Plan
Whether you choose to inform a family member or staff at your local marina, always be sure to let someone else know your float plan. This should include where you’re going and how long you’re going to be gone.
- Wear or Bring Lifejackets
Many drowning can be prevented by wearing a lifejacket. Make sure that each member on the boat has an assigned and fitted lifejacket aboard before getting out on the water.
- Avoid Alcohol
Practice boating safety at all times by saving the alcohol for later.
- Learn to Swim
If you’re going to be in and around the water, proper boating safety includes 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.
- Take a Boating Course
Beginning and experience boaters alike need to be familiar with the boating safety rules of operation. You can learn boating safety rules by taking a local community course or online course to help educate yourself.
- Consider a Free Vessel Safety Check
Take advantage of a free vessel safety check from the US Coast Guard. They offer complimentary boat examinations to verify the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by state and federal regulations. Free of charge, they’ll provide a specialist to check out your boat and make helpful boating safety tips and recommendations. They also offer virtual online safety checks as well.
SERVPRO of Gresham wants to make sure your safe in any kind of disaster; whether that is on the water or providing one of our services. Call us today at (503) 665-7752.