Safe Boating Week Is Coming

Nick Mcbride
May 20, 2017

According to Virgil Chambers, Executive Director of the National Safe Boating Council, "Thousands of people would be alive today had they taken the simple precaution of wearing a life jacket when they went out on the water". In Michigan, anyone under the age of 6 must wear a life jacket when on the open deck of any vessel, but wearing a personal flotation device is recommended for everyone. Boating partners across the United States and Canada are teaming to promote safe boating practices, including the wear of life jackets for National Safe Boating Week and throughout the 2017 boating season. The event is created to highlight comfort and ease of life jacket use.

Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day coincides with the official launch of the 2016 North American Safe Boating Campaign, which focuses on educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of life jackets.

The DNR also suggests making sure the boat is properly equipped.

- File a float plan.

Stay alert while boating as well. Always inform family or friends about the details of your trip. That's why the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the boating safety component of Team Coast Guard, urges people to have one on at all times. Be prepared to call for help if you are involved in or witness an accident, your boat or the boat of another becomes disabled or you need medical assistance.

Life jackets can be the determining factor between life and death in many boating safety accidents.

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