Boat inspections can save a life
By Catherine Mails April 16, 2016
Boating can be a great past time!
Without the proper equipment and gear a pleasurable day on the water can quickly become a disaster.
Starting the boating season off with getting a boat inspection is a great beginning to a fantastic season on your boat.
The USCG Auxiliary comprises of a group of volunteers assisting the US Coast Guard in providing safety instructions and safety inspections of recreational boats.
It's worth your time to go through your boat using a check list, prior to having the USCG inspection.
PFD's, (Life jackets) are mandatory safety equipment. Visually check them for rips and tears.
- Make sure the PFD's are Coast Guard approved.
- An approved PFD is required for every person on board.
- Type III throwable flotation cushion.
Commonly, flares need to replaced. Flares should be replaced after every three boating seasons.
- Donate expired flares to a local Coast Guard Auxiliary or Power Squadron for training classes.
- Contact a local law enforcement or fire protection for advisement on proper disposal.
- NEVER activate marine flares in a non-emergency situation.
- NEVER dispose of flares in household trash.
Check to see if the audible signaling device, a horn or a electric horn mounted on the vessel or a hand-held device powered by a compressed air canister is working properly? I have found that little creators like to make nests on the mounted device.
Have a Safe Boating season!