While many retire their boats for the winter seasons, we do know that many still try to enjoy what little time they have left before it becomes too cold to boat. You might not be swimming, but you could be fishing or just cruising around on the water.
The US Coast Guard has released several reports saying that fall boating accidents are more likely to be fatal because of exposure to cold water and other weather hazards. Make sure you are always prepared for an emergency when you go boating, even if you think you won’t have one.
Read the following tips to make sure you are well prepared for a fall boating emergency.
- Be Prepared for Changing Weather: Fall weather can change very fast so be prepared for all weather conditions (cold, windy, and wet). Appropriate clothing to keep on hand includes coats, rain gear, and gloves.
- Watch for Signs of Hypothermia: Shivering or trembling, general lack of coordination, drowsiness, confusion, apathy, mumbling/slurring words, weak pulse, and shallow breathing.
- Tell Others When & Where You are Boating
- Always Wear Life Jackets
Follow these safety tips to ensure you and your friends have a great experience. If you need to review your boating insurance policy call American Heritage Insurance Group at 513.984.5255 so we can answer all of your questions.
These tips were found on Love to Know and were assembled by Kate Miller-Wilson. Read more here.
Cite: Miller-Wilson, Kate. “Fall Season Safety Tips.” LoveToKnow. Love To Know Corp., n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.
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