Spending time on the water is a fun and beautiful opportunity for any family. With an increase in recreational and commercial boating activities, families need to be ready for emergencies; 85% of people who drown while boating are not wearing a life jacket.
Whether you’re taking out a motor boat, canoe or kayak, both experienced and non-experienced boaters should be taking precautions and making safety a priority.
Even if you are an experienced boater and swimmer, a life jacket is crucial- especially choosing the right type for your children and yourself. Drowning is the second leading cause of death of children under 14 years old. Children under 13 are required to wear a life jacket. For infants and young children, a Type II jacket with neck and head support is the right fit. Unfortunately, it is bulky but your children will get used to it after wearing it a few times.
A Type III flotation aid can be used for preschoolers with some swimming skills. Make sure that the life jacket fits by having your children raise their hands above their heads; if the jacket moves up and bumps their chin or ears, tighten the straps. If it still moves, the jacket is too big.
So, before you hit the water this summer make sure you’ve packed your sunscreen and life jackets. For more information about boating necessities, contact Bald Knob Marina today.