When you’re spending your time out on the water on a boat, you need to ensure your fun time doesn’t turn into a hazardous situation. While there are a handful of dangerous boating conditions you have to remain vigilant for, there are three uncommon ones that can do a lot of destruction if you aren’t well-informed.
These circumstances include being struck by a propeller, electrocution, and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
1- Propeller Safety
Coming in the way of an active propeller when you’re swimming near a boat can sometimes put you in a life-or-death situation. That’s why it is necessary to follow the given points for minimizing the likelihood of encountering bodily injuries:
- All boat passengers should be instructed as to where the propeller is located.
- The engine of your boat should remain off whenever someone’s getting in or out of the boat.
- It’s best to install propeller guards for additional safety.
- Stay alert of the people around your boat, especially if you’re in an area that’s well-known for water-skiing, swimming, or scuba diving (look out for diving flags).
- Don’t let anyone jump off the boat for a swim until the propeller is completely turned off.
- If you’re to rescue someone out on the water, don’t approach the person in reverse. Start towards them head-on and kill the engine as soon as you approach them.
Electrocution is one of the most dangerous boating conditions. There’s usually no visible sign of electrified water to warn you off should you decide to dive into the water for a quick swim. That’s why it is crucial to be aware of the following steps to avoid the life-threatening condition, also referred to as Electric Shock Drowning (ESD):
- Carry a multimeter with yourself that’s specifically built for testing waters. Only when you’re sure the water isn’t electrified should you make the jump into the water.
- Have all of your boat’s electrical work completed and checked by the marine electricians.
- If you tie your boat on a marina, make sure to ask the management about their electrical inspection and maintenance program.
- Avoid swimming near marinas or when your boat is running to minimize the risk of ESD.
3- Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning
Exposing yourself to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is a possible hazard when your boat is equipped with an engine or a generator. Heating systems can also be the cause of CO gas production. Moreover, because the gas is odorless and invisible, it can put your life at risk without warning.
Here’s how you can avoid this deadly boating condition before you put yourself in any redundant danger:
- Install a marine-grade CO detector on your boat, especially in closed spaces where people congregate or sleep.
- Recognize CO poisoning’s common symptoms, including drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, headache, and nausea. Note that individuals don’t need to exhibit all of these symptoms when they’re suffering from CO poisoning.
- Inspect your exhaust ports every time you make a trip to the water to ensure it is leak-free and in excellent working condition.
With the instructions given in this post, you can avoid the most dangerous boating conditions. EZ Dock Texas provides advice and tips to waterfront property owners and offers dock installation services in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Call today at 800-654-8168 for your quote.