The weather is perfect for exploring our beautiful waterways in your boat. Whether you are an avid boater or a novice, it is essential to keep the following safety tips in mind when you are on the water:
–Always be aware of power lines when boating or fishing. Be sure to keep at least 10 feet distance between your boat and power lines.
–If your boat comes in contact with a power line, do not jump into the water!! The water could be energized and dangerous. Remain calm and stay in the boat, but do not touch anything metal until help arrives and the boat is no longer in contact with the line.
–If your boat’s wiring in not in compliance with American Yacht Club Standards, hire a professional to get to get your boat’s electrical system in compliance.
–Check that your dockside outlets have GFCIs, and that any cords plugged into the outlets are in good condition without any exposed wires or broken casing.
LCEC thanks all boaters for respecting the importance of boating safely around power lines. Along with interrupting power to your neighbors, coming in contact with power lines while boating could mean electrocution and even death! Please enjoy our waterways safely. For more safety tips, visit www.lcec.net.
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