Water Safety Tips: Stay Safe on Memorial Day Weekend and Throughout the Summer
Before you head out on the water this Memorial Day, make sure you are prepared by taking a few precautions.
Importance Water Safety
Indiana Conservation Officers are emphasizing the importance of water safety for Hoosiers during the summer season. Captain Jet Quillen from the Department of Natural Resources Division of Law Enforcement urges all residents to be aware of the potential dangers associated with water activities. Here are some essential safety tips to keep in mind:
- Educate your family and loved ones about water hazards before heading out.
- Inform someone trustworthy about your plans and expected return time.
- Always have a companion with you.
- Avoid areas with flooded or fast-moving water.
- Wear a properly fitted life jacket.
- Pay extra attention to children's safety.
- Refrain from consuming alcohol while participating in water activities.
Reduce Your Speed on the Water
If you plan to go boating, it is crucial to understand the rules and practice safe boating techniques. Reduce your speed in unfamiliar areas and remain alert for any unusual water conditions based on the size and type of your boat. These precautions not only ensure safety but also protect the environment by preventing beach erosion. Before setting out on your boat, assess the water levels and maintain an appropriate speed throughout your journey.
Don't Drink & Boat
Assign a designated boat operator who abstains from alcohol. Alcohol impairs balance, vision, coordination, judgment, and reaction time. The effects of alcohol can be intensified by wave action, sun exposure, and wind. Operating a motorboat or personal watercraft in Indiana while intoxicated, defined as having a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher, is against the law.
Make Sure Everyone Onboard Has a Life Jacket
Ensure that every life jacket you use is approved by the United States Coast Guard, in good working condition, and the appropriate size for the wearer. Modern life jackets are designed to be lighter, less obstructive, and more comfortable than older models. Inflatable life jackets offer mobility and flexibility for activities like boating, fishing, or paddling, and they are often more comfortable in warm weather.
For more information on boating education and safety, visit here. Stay safe and enjoy your time on the water!
[Source: Indiana In.gov]