Life Jackets: Nearly 85% of those who drown while boating were not wearing a life jacket, according to the National Safe Boating Council. Grab a life jacket and wear it…period. Wearing a life jacket is simple, effective and can be life-saving. For more information: www.safeboatingcouncil.org.
EPIRBs: Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons or EPIRBs will help rescue forces locate you more quickly. Avid boaters maintain an EPIRB often serves as the last line of defense when disaster strikes. For more information and EPIRB registration: http://www.beaconregistration.noaa.gov/.
Vessel Safety Inspection: An easy way to check for vessel safety is to make sure that you take advantage of the Vessel Safety Check (VSC), program. This is a free, no risk, service provided by the US Coast Guard. If your vessel fails to meet safety standards, no law enforcement action is taken and the examiner will provide a list of items for correction. Click the link below to find a safety check near you: http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=V-DEPT&category=i-want-a-vsc