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San Diego Boat Safety Over the Fourth of July

The McClellan Law Firm

With the Fourth of July holiday weekend fast approaching, many San Diego residents are stocking coolers, calling friends and getting the boat ready for action. However, as you prepare to hit the water this fourth, make sure you are taking the right steps to ensure the holiday is a safe one for you, your family and friends.

Life Jackets

The most encouraged and likely most ignored safety precaution, a life jacket is essential if you are planning to be out on the water over the fourth. In the case of a boating accident, this easy-to-implement precaution could save your life.

If you will be bringing young children along, especially ones who may not be good swimmers, you need to make sure that there are life jackets available for them.

Overcrowded Boats

Pushing your watercraft to the brink of capacity is probably not a good idea, but going over capacity is definitely a bad one. Overcrowded boats can make it hard for the driver to see. In the event of a boat accident, there may not be enough space for each passenger to place themselves in a safe area of the boat.

Drinking and Boating

Clear water and a cold beer may sound inviting, but drinking and boating is one of the most dangerous activities one can take part in. Impaired response time and slowed motor skills can be hazardous if you fall into the water.

For boat drivers, drinking before taking the craft out or while driving is as inadvisable on the water as it is on the road. Doing so puts you, your passengers and others in danger.

Stay Alert

Lastly, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and what is going on in the water around you. Even if you do everything else perfectly, inattentiveness can ruin your day faster than any of them.

So, happy Fourth of July and stay safe!