Boating can be enjoyable for the whole family. Whether you live in Florida year-round or go there just for some fun in the sun on a rented vessel, being aboard a boat for the day or longer is relaxing recreation at its very best.
However, dangers can lurk when you and others are on a boat for a pleasant jaunt. There are many significant issues to be aware of and plan for before your excursion. Among them are bad weather such as powerful gales, carbon monoxide, fire, having sufficient lifejackets for all passengers if the boat capsizes, and enough supplies and gear to last in case you happen to encounter trouble unexpectedly.
Fire and carbon monoxide are two serious potential disasters that you should always be ready for. Preparing for an onboard emergency involving either one can prevent a tragedy. Being proactive about preventing fires before they start is the wisest course of action. Boat fires can come from causes like smoking, cooking or electrical problems. Carbon monoxide is especially hazardous. It is called an “invisible killer” because it cannot be detected by taste, sight or smell.
Boating safety tips concerning fires and carbon monoxide
- Be aware of how to shut off the electrical power even if you have already put out a fire with an extinguisher. A fire can re-ignite if you don’t do this.
- Have an escape plan and practice using it.
- Be careful when using space heaters or cooking grills on board.
- If you have not used a boat for a long time, check everything thoroughly before heading out.
- Be sure that the boat is well-maintained whether you own it or are renting it. A poorly tuned engine releases a lot of carbon monoxide, putting you at risk.
- Stay clear of the boat’s exhaust vents where carbon monoxide is abundant.
- The boat should be equipped with working carbon monoxide alarms.
An attorney experienced in personal injury cases can be a good source of information if you are injured while boating.