With boating season in full swing, it is important to be knowledgeable about boat safety to ensure you and your passengers have a safe boating experience.

Boating Safety Tips | Washington Boat Accident Attorney

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It's summer time! Which means fun in the sun while relaxing on your boat. Washington State has many lakes and waterways for recreational boat use: Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish and Lake Chelan to name a few. As a boat owner, you must be knowledgeable on boat safety. 2 boaters are killed every day all over the United States, with thousands more injured. Washington State Parks provides important safety tips you should know before hitting the water.

-ALWAYS wear a lifejacket. Not only is it a lifesaving flotation device, but it can also give you additional insulation to protect from hypothermia.
-Limit the weight you're carrying on your boat. If overloaded, your boat is less maneuverable and is more likely to capsize.
-If you do capsize, stay close to your boat. It will provide additional floatation support and you'll be spotted quicker and easier by potential rescuers.
-Don't dress for air temperature, but for water temperature. Keep an eye on wave and wind activity and always check the weather forecasts before leaving land.
-Bring extra clothing in the event of cooler temperatures, especially for children- they get colder faster than adults.
-Don't drink and boat. Not only will it affect both your judgment and reaction time, but it is a criminal offense in the State of Washington.
-Store your cell phone in a waterprooff zip lock bag.
-If you are 12 years of age or older, you will need a Mandatory Boater Safety Education card to operate a boat 15 horsepower or more.
-Walk around your boat and check for loose bolts or loose wires or any other potential trouble spots.
-Trade in your old flares for new ones often.
-For at least 4 minutes, allow your blowers to run after you fuel up your boat and before you start the engine.

This information was provided as a service by the Andrew Kim Law Firm. Located in Bellevue, Washington with meeting space in Tacoma, Washington, the Andrew Kim Law Firm features a Washington personal injury attorney, who handles cases involving Bellevue car accident injuries, Seattle boating accident injuries and Tacoma wrongful death. To speak with an attorney experienced in personal injury claims, call (425) 289-1990 in Bellevue, (253) 682-2000 in Tacoma or toll free at (800) 636-3676.

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