Magazine article Work & Family Life

For Safe Summer Boating: Stay Sober

Magazine article Work & Family Life

For Safe Summer Boating: Stay Sober

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During the summer months, millions of Americans enjoy recreational boating. The National Safety Council urges boaters to remember these important guidelines:

Always wear a Coast Guard approved personal floatation device or life jacket.

Check weather and water conditions before you leave shore.

Limit the number of passengers in a small boat.

Never drink alcoholic beverages while boating. Ironically, in a society where drinking and driving has become socially unacceptable, setting sail with a boatload of alcohol is a common practice. But alcohol has the same effect on the brain whether you are driving a car or operating a boat. The brain becomes depressed and processes information more slowly. The result is delayed reaction time in sudden high-demand situations such as navigating through stormy weather, rough currents or boatclogged waterways. Only a few drinks can be enough to cause a fatal mistake, and the U. …

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