On average, approximately 700 Americans die each summer as a result of recreational boating accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this equals out to roughly 10 such deaths per day. The CDC cites several contributing factors such as lack of swimming ability, alcohol use and the failure to wear life jackets. The statistics reveal that many of these deaths could likely have been prevented. Here are a few tips to help keep you and your family safe out on the water this summer: (1) always swim with a buddy or utilize swim sites that have lifeguards, (2) learn CPR, and (3) avoid using air-filled or foam toys instead of life jackets.
For more information and to view the entire list of boat safety tips, visit the CDC recreational safety page at, http://1.usa.gov/ri41bn.
And for more information visit the United States Coast Guard Boating Safety Resource Center’s website, visit: http://www.uscgboating.org/