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June 2012
Stay Safe Boating This Summer

For many Americans, summer means boating—and finding as many opportunities as possible to spend time on the water. If your seasonal plans include weekends by the lake, don’t forget to think about safety: taking a few simple steps can make all the difference between a boating trip that’s smooth sailing and one that turns deadly.

At Mavco we're committed to protecting you. Please give us a call at 630-655-2410 to discuss your boat insurance needs and read these tips to protect yourself this season!

  • Store Fire Extinguishers. Be prepared for unexpected fires by stocking B-category fire extinguishers in several places on you boat, and check their expiration dates to make sure they’re still good—this isn’t just smart; it’s the law. B-category fire extinguishers are effective against gas-based and other flammable-liquid-based fires.
  • Check the Weather. Nothing can change your trip faster than a quickly moving storm. Stay alert to potentially hazardous conditions by checking the weather on local TV, The Weather Channel, your VHF radio or by visiting the website. When reports call for advisories or storm warnings, exercise caution.
  • Wear Life Jackets. With so many comfortable and attractive life jacket options available today, there’s no reason not to wear them. Life jackets help protect yourself and your passengers.
  • Think about Fuel. The gasoline that fuels your boat produces harmful vapors, heavier than air and able to rush quickly into enclosed spaces. Protect yourself from these vapors by running your blower for five minutes after fueling, checking the bilges and closed compartments before running your boat; and using the ever-reliable sniff test to detect any fuel leaks.
  • Drink Responsibly. It’s as true of driving boats as it is of driving motor vehicles—you should never drink and drive. Statistics show that alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents, accounting for around 20% of reported fatalities. Better to keep alcohol off your boat than to face devastating consequences.
  • Participate in the Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Program. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadron volunteer organizations offer this free public service in order to help boaters know how safe their vessels are. Take advantage of the Do It Yourself Vessel Safety Check to see where you rank.

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Quick Facts About Boating

Understanding boat safety is one of the biggest keys in attaining it. Take a look at these quick facts about boating accidents and fatalities!

  • Some of the leading causes of boating accidents are factors within your control: operator inattention, carelessness, excessive speed and no proper lookouts.
  • Alcohol use accounts for 20% of reported fatalities in boating accidents.
  • Simply wearing life jackets would have saved an estimated 423 lives in 2006.
  • 70% of reported boat fatalities happened on boats whose operators lacked boating safety instruction in 2006.
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