Safe boating tips

Boating is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of nature here in the Braselton, GA area. However, taking safety precautions when you’re out on the water is important. This blog post will provide some simple tips from us at Bingham Insurance Group for staying safe while boating.

1. Wear a life jacket: A life jacket can save your life in the event of an emergency, so make sure everyone onboard has one! Inflatable jackets are lightweight and comfortable, making them ideal for longer trips. 

2. Check the weather forecast: Before leaving, always check the forecast and be aware of any potential storms that could arise while you’re on the water. Don’t take unnecessary risks; ensure that you have adequate shelter ashore if a storm pops up unexpectedly. 

3. Have an emergency plan: Make sure everyone aboard knows what to do in an emergency. Have a designated person who will be responsible for contacting authorities in case of an accident or injury, as well as how to use business radios or flares if help is needed from other vessels or shore personnel. 

4. Keep a first-aid kit handy: Accidents can happen at any time, so it’s essential to have a well-stocked first-aid kit with bandages, antiseptics, gauze pads, and other necessary items on board your vessel at all times. 

5. Pay attention to navigation rules: Always follow navigation rules by keeping your speed down in congested areas and giving right-of-way when appropriate — this includes sailing vessels which must always be given right-of-way over motorboats per international law! 

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your time on the water is enjoyable and safe! For more tips, give us at Bingham Insurance Group a call. We are proud to serve the Braselton, GA area.