Boat Safely this Memorial Day Weekend
Wear a Life Jacket and Avoid Alcohol
Contact: Gloria Sandoval (916) 263-0788
May 21, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Department of Boating and Waterway’s (DBW) urges boaters to be properly prepared for safe boating this Memorial Day weekend. California’s waterways will be crowded with motorized and non-motorized vessels. People will boat in groups creating numerous distractions, which can have deadly consequences.
“Boating during Memorial Day weekend means being a more responsible boat operator,” said DBW’s acting Director Lucia Becerra. “Operators may have people on board their vessels who do not normally boat. Familiarizing passengers with the location of safety equipment and how to be safe aboard will decrease the likelihood of being involved in a boating accident.”
Below are some ways in which boat operators can decrease the chances of being involved in a boating accident:
- Wear a life jacket.
- Avoid alcohol. Everyone who drinks alcohol on board is at risk. Passengers can easily fall overboard, swim near the propeller, or cause vessels to capsize.
- Designate a person aboard the vessel to help you act as a lookout.
- Carry the required safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, sound signals, navigation lights, and life jackets for every person on board.
- Inform everyone on board where the required safety equipment is located.
- Turn off the engine when the boat is not moving to avoid propeller injuries.
Detailed information about this information and additional life saving tips can be found in boating safety courses or at www.BoatResponsibly.com.
DBW enhances public access to California’s waterways and promotes boating and aquatic safety through programs funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars and boating facility construction loan payments.