Boating safety this holiday weekendMay 23rd, 2012 at 11:27 am by Natalie Stoll under Weather
Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, a water safety reminder from the LCRA:
This week is National Safe Boating Week and LCRA’s Nobody’s Waterproof water safety campaign is kicking off the summer season with new public service announcements. This Memorial Day weekend, when you’re out on the water, remember to play it safe. Watch our latest PSA to find out how much more the odds are in your favor when you snap on a life jacket.
Here’s a handy checklist for the next time you take a boat out.
Boat Gear Checklist
Gear Up For Great Time On The Water
Note: Gear marked by an asterisk * is required by Texas law.
- Life jackets*. Also called personal flotation devices or PFDs. A sure way to keep from drowning. State law requirements:
- Children under 13 years of age in motorboats under 26 feet must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD while under way.
- All vessels under 16 feet (including canoes and kayaks) must be equipped with one Type I, II, III or V for each person on board. Read more.
- Vessels 16 feet and longer, in addition to the Type I, II, III or V for each person on board, must have one Type IV, which must be readily accessible. Canoes and kayaks over 16 feet are exempt from the Type IV requirement.
- Functioning navigational lights and mirrors for the boat.*
- Sound-producing device.* This means a working horn or whistle. No, your buddy’s catcalls don’t cut it.
- Texas certificate of title.* An on-board copy is required by state law, with the numbers correctly affixed to the boat.
- Working fire extinguisher that’s easily accessible. (Quick check: Does it take you 10 minutes to find because it’s stowed under towels, below a toolkit, behind a moldy box? If so, it can’t help you if you need it.)*
- Two-way marine radio. The best ones for mariners are water-resistant, battery-powered models with two-radio capability and a range of up to 12 miles. Get one at local retailers such as Academy.
- First-aid kit. You never know when you or someone near you might need it.
- Sunscreen. So it makes you look a little splotchy? It’s protection for your skin.
- Water. Yes, we know you are going to be swimming in it and boating on it. But you need to drink it, too, so you don’t dehydrate.
- All-hazards radio. Learn more about NOAA and all-hazards radios.
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