Posted on July 4, 2013

Have a Happy (and Safe) 4th of July

Have a Happy (and Safe) 4th of July

Written by ShoreMaster Marketing

Its Independence Day which means the annual migration to the lake for a little fun, sun and relaxation. With all the extra traffic on the water for the holiday its important to practice water safety. On the boat, dock or shoreline keep these tips in mind for a fun but safe holiday weekend.

  • Protect your skin with sunscreen. UV rays can cause damaging sunburn if you aren’t careful. Be sure to chose protection with an SPF of at least 15.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and cool.
  • Be sure you have enough Coast Guard approved life jackets in the boat for each rider.
  • Pay attention to the weather. Do head out in the boat if there is threat of thunderstorms, lightening, hail, high winds, or other hazardous weather conditions.
  • Learn to swim and keep keen observation of young children. If you are in or around the water make sure you only venture into depths you are comfortable weather and keep close to small children (even if they have a life jacket or floatation support on).
  • Be careful when you dive. Its always better to enter the water feet first until you know that the water is deep enough for diving and clear of an obstructions.
  • Know and follow your local laws and regulations for boating, fishing and swimming. Alcohol and boating (just as alcohol and driving) NEVER mix.
  • Operate your boat or PWC with courtesy and common sense. Be aware of swimmers, tubers, and other crafts on the water as well as the shoreline, islands, and other possible obstacles.
  • Protect the environment. Don’t throw your trash in the lakes and rivers, keep the areas clean for future generations to use and enjoy.
  • And most of all have fun and be courteous – if everyone does their part we can all enjoy the beauty of the waterfront this weekend and all summer long!

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