By RANDY HOOVER
Fairfield Glade Security Chief
For The Vista
Weather is getting warmer and more people are on the water. Hopefully, the following Safety Tips/Safety Facts will be of some help in keeping you and your family safe when you go boating.
Drowning is the leading cause of deaths in boating accidents in Tennessee. 60% of drowning’s are caused by people falling overboard and not wearing a life vest.
Tennessee ranks fifth in the nation for the number of people who drown in boating related accidents.
• Always wear Personal Flotation Device or Life Jacket when boating.
• Always carry extra Personal Flotation Devices in the boat.
• Avoid alcohol when boating. Operating a boat under the influence of alcohol is just as dangerous as operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
• Don’t overload your boat. A boat that is overloaded can be very unstable and cause an accident.
• Operate your boat at safe speeds. Use common sense, and operate at a safe speed at all times, especially in crowded areas. Remember, we have a NO WAKE regulation on all Fairfield Glade lakes.
• Keep on the lookout for other dangers in the water like people, other boats, and submerged objects that may be in the water.
• It is always a good ideal for the whole family to enroll in a boater education course, and to learn how to swim. If you are going to be in or around water, proper boating safety means knowing how to swim.
• Always be weather-wise by checking the local weather conditions before departing on a boating trip. If bad weather starts when you are out on the water, play it safe by getting off the water and go to a safe place.
• Some pontoon boats have small platforms forward of the railed cabin area. This is an area that an accident could take place. Please do not ride outside the railed area.
and landing between the pontoons. If the boat is moving forward it cannot be stopped fast enough to prevent them from being injured or killed by pontoon fins or the boat motor propeller. Please do not ride outside the railed area.