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Thousands of people go out on boats each day for many reasons, whether they go out fishing or for the mere enjoyment of boating. Luckily, accidents involving boats do not happen too frequently for the average person, but the possibility always exists. Many states require minimum safety gear requirements, but there are plenty of other precautions a boater can take. Certain gear can make a boating accident much less hazardous, so it’s best for all boaters to consider improving their safety measures
Unfortunately, most states only require that a person have enough life preservers on the boat for everyone. Not every passenger needs to be wearing the vest, but they must be present in case an accident occurs. Of course, commercial boats are required to have much more than civilian vessels. Other than the life preservers, however, not much more safety gear is required by states to be placed in a civilian boating vessel.
What Should Be In Everyone’s Boat
Plenty of safety gear can be placed into a boat of moderate size. In reality, every single boat should have life preservers, a first aid kit, and a flare gun on board. These three things should be adequate in the majority of boating accidents. However, individuals with larger boats have various other options available to them when it comes to safety.
A C.B. radio is helpful in all accident situations, even ones that are out-at-sea, because a person can contact any nearby vessels for assistance. Also, a cell phone will work as long as it can get service or is within coverage. Larger boats can accommodate an inflatable raft and a couple of oars for more dire boating accidents. Loud horns aren’t a bad idea to place on boats because they can help attract the attention of others that may be nearby. Either way, all boats should have more than just life preservers on them because boating accidents can be life-threatening occurrences.
All of these items can be used to save one or more lives during a boating accident. Unfortunately, a situation involving intensive medical care won’t be mended by anything a person can keep on a boat. Inflatable rafts can allow a group to get off of a burning or sinking boat so that they can make it to safety. Obviously, first aid kits can mend up basic cuts, scrapes, and other wounds.
Maximizing the safety gear inside of a vessel is always a smart idea because accidents can escalate from bad to worse in a matter of moments. Therefore, everyone should be prepared for the worst in the case that it actually happens.
Goldberg & Osborne, a personal injury law firm, has provided this article for informational purposes only, written by an independent author, and has not reviewed or edited this article and is not responsible for its content or accuracy.