“We want everyone to have fun while they are here,” explains Forest Service Law Enforcement Patrol Captain, Duane Cameron, “and often times practicing safe habits can make all the difference in the world. Already this year a boat motor explosion injured a man and caused damage to his boat. This could have been avoided through proper ventilation before starting the engine.”
Cameron asks visitors to keep the following safety tips in mind while enjoying the great outdoors this summer:
Be courteous at all times, especially around boat ramps.
Be aware of your surroundings. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, driver inattention is the number one cause of boating accidents and deaths.
Ventilate the inboard motor before starting the engine to release any gas fume build up.
Engage your car’s emergency brake when pulling out or lowering your boat into the water.
Be responsible for the safety of your riders; ensure availability of life jackets for each and keep within legal weight limits.
Do not drink alcohol and operate a boat.
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