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Monday, June 7, 2010

Is Your Boat Safe?

Boating Season has arrived and here are some steps to take to reduce fatalities, injuries, property damage and liability costs:
  • Be sure your boat is adequately insured
  • All recreational boats are required to carry one approved Personal Flotation Device for each person aboard
  • All vessels must be equipped with US Coast Guard (USCG) approved visual distress signals
  • USCG approved fire extinguishers are required and should be hand portable, either B-I or B-II classification, and have a specific marine type mounting bracket. It must be marked "Marine Type USCG."
  • Take a boating safety course.
  • Get a free Vessel Safety Check (VSC) - a free annual check available to all boaters to ensure that their recreational vessels meet Federal and State equipment requirements. The USCG Auxiliary and US Power Squadrons vessel examiners participate in the VSC Program.
  • Additional safety equipment to consider: Marine radio, dewatering device and backup, anchor and line for area, and first aid and person-in-water kits.

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