10 Water Sport Safety Tips
Many households across the nation are getting ready to pack up the RV or hook to boat up to the truck and head out to the lake. According to the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety, more than 650 boating and other water sport accidents result in fatalities each year. Not only is life and limb at stake, but USGS statistics indicate nearly $40 million in property damage occurs every year due to water sport accidents. By following these safety tips, you and your loved ones can avoid life-threatening injuries and costly repairs to your boat, RV and other property.
- Be sure everyone in the boat knows how to swim.
- Always wear a life jacket, even if you are a great swimmer.
- Children should be supervised at all times.
- Never swim, dive or boat alone.
- Tell people where you will be fishing, boating or camping in the event you become missing.
- Keep an eye on the weather and make it to shore before a storm hits. Prepare your RV as much as possible for an oncoming storm.
- Carry extra supplies whenever boating. Keep an emergency kit in your RV.
- Always follow state and local rules of the lake, river and campground.
- Stay hydrated and be sure to wear sunscreen.
- Avoid alcohol.
The last tip is extremely important when it comes to boating. More than half of all boating accidents involved alcohol consumption. Boating and alcohol do not mix, and swimming under the influence can quickly turn deadly.
You can take each one of these precautions and significantly reduce your risks for water sport accident and injuries, but sometimes the unthinkable happens. When it does, you need the protection and assistance only a comprehensive boating or RV insurance policy can offer. When you contact a Gallant Insurance agent , you can be sure the policy you find features the best coverage at the most affordable rates. We can locate a number of RV and boat insurance quotes from a variety of providers, giving you the opportunity to shop around. Contact us to find out how you can keep your water sport and RV vacation plans safe this year.