Boating Safety - Central County Fire & Rescue

Boating Safety

Please boat responsibly!

  • Always wear a properly fitted life jacket.
  • Always check your vessel before you head out to make sure everything is in good working order.
  • Respect your limits and keep within them to avoid injury.
  • Don’t drink and operate a boat.
  • If you notice storm clouds, a sudden temperature drop or wind speed increasing, play it safe and get off the water.
  • When operating a motorized boat or personal watercraft, know about carbon monoxide; this odorless, colorless poisonous gas is emitted by all combustion engines and onboard motor generators.
  • When operating a motorized boat or personal watercraft, remember to attach the engine kill switch to your life jacket or around your wrist.
  • When you have skiers or swimmers in the water, display the orange flag so other boaters can clearly see it.

How to Properly Fit a Life Jacket 

  • Make sure the life jacket is properly fastened.
  • A snug fit is a proper fit. Secure all straps, buckles or zippers.
  • Hold your arms straight up over your head. Ask a friend to grasp the tops of the arm openings and gently pull up, the life jacket should stay on.
  • Life jackets for adults do not work for children. Check the manufacturer’s label.

For more information about kayaking and canoeing on open waters like the Dardenne Blueway, CLICK HERE.

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