As Louisiana lakes begin to fill up with summertime boaters, it is a good idea for families to think about developing a strategy for staying safe on the water. Just like having an emergency plan for evacuating from home if there is a fire or other unexpected danger, having a plan for preventing boat accidents may save lives.
The U.S. Coast Guard publishes stories on its “Boating Safety” website. One of the narratives describes the lessons a group of divers learned when they got separated from one another and from their boat. The narrator tells the changes the group has made for enhanced future safety. They have:
The U.S. Coast Guard reminds readers of important safety tips for more effective protection on the water:
Keeping this guidance in mind could very well prevent a haphazard boat accident on the water this summer.
In addition, the Department of Homeland Security describes how one father prepared his children for the unthinkable by drilling them with simulation exercises. He recommends all families do the same.