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“Since the marine environment is filled with motion, vibrations, sun, wind, and noise, it tends to speed up a drinker’s impairment. What’s more, alcohol creates a sensation of warmth, which may stop someone in cold water from getting out before hypothermia sets in.” Next, it’s important for boat operators to be aware of the water levels and only boats within their capabilities. At times, water levels may be higher and currents may be faster, causing the driver to lose control of his/her vehicle. Also, it’s important to avoid jumping wakes and if crossing a wake, to lower the boat speed and keep a close lookout for skiers.

gasoline, propane, charcoal or oil burns. In regards to a boat, this includes the engine, gas generators, cooking ranges, and space and water heaters.

Lastly, but definitely not least important, it’s vital that boaters and passengers be aware of the dangers that carbon monoxide can bring while on the water.

Therefore, it is important that boaters avoid swimming in certain zones and know ways to avoid the spread of this poisonous gas.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that is produced when

However, carbon monoxide may accumulate anywhere in or around a boat, and once it enters an individual’s bloodstream, it is deadly.

For instance, do not swim near or under the back deck or swim platform, install and maintain CO alarms inside your boat, don’t

teak surf, drag or water ski within 20 feet of a running boat and run exhaust blowers whenever the generator is working. If, however, you or a fellow passenger experiences symptoms to those similar of seasickness, treat them as possible CO poisoning. Get the person into fresh air immediately and seek medical attention, unless you’re sure CO is not the culprit. Each year, hundreds of lives are lost and thousands are injured because of preventable boating accidents. Don’t be one of the statistics. Be safe. Be smart. Be responsible.

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