Boating Safety

Are the young people in your boat wearing a life jacket? Is a sober boater behind the wheel? Do you have equipment on hand in case someone is tossed overboard?

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources recently issued an annual reminder so a day at the lake doesn’t end in tragedy. Below are some suggestion they have to boaters:

  • Boat operators must have current boat registration sticker on the vessel
  • Wearable life jackets available¬†for everyone in the boat
  • Youth under the age of 13 are required to wear a life jacket while the boat is underway
  • Have a working fire extinguisher on board
  • Boats exceeding 16 feet should have a throwable floatation device on hand
  • Iowa law requires any person 12-17 years old, who will operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower or personal watercraft, to successfully complete the boater education program (check with your state departments on individual state requirements)
  • Inspect your boat and trailer before leaving the driveway
Picture taken from the original article by Dickinson County News

Picture taken from the original article by Dickinson County News

About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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