Summertime in Florida is the perfect time to get out on the water. However, whenever there is more traffic, there is also the potential for disasters to happen.
Staying safe on the water is everyone’s job. Below is a list of some suggestions to stay safe out on the water:
- Attend a boating safety course.
- Know the “Rules of the Road” when it comes to operating your vessel. These can be found in the latest version of the Florida Boater’s Guide.
- Always keep a lookout for obstructions in the water. This can be sandbars, dive flags, sunken structures, etc.
- Always know the weather forecast before heading out. If there is any doubt about the weather, err on the side of caution and don’t leave the dock. If you notice the weather getting worse while out, then head in before it is too late.
- Invest in an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). This device aids rescuers should you get into trouble.
- Make sure you have all the necessary safety equipment. This includes items such as life vests, flares, a whistle, fire extinguisher, etc.
- Use common sense. This means operating your boat at a safe speed at all times, staying alert and avoiding obstacles such as other vessels or sandbars.
- Avoid alcohol. The probability of being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved.
- Make sure all your equipment is in working order before heading out. This includes your engine, battery, radio, etc.
- Tell others where you plan on going before you head out and when you plan on returning.
Boating in South Florida is one of the most fun things about living here. Staying safe on the water is the most integral part of keeping it fun for everyone. The LaBovick Law Group has a team specifically dedicated to boating and maritime accidents. Hiring a boating accident lawyer or a Florida maritime lawyer for your claim will get you the best results possible. Call today for a free case evaluation.