Summer’s here and millions of American’s are enjoying the warm weather. Before you take your family boating or ATV riding, review these facts and tips for a safe and enjoyable summer. Personal Watercraft (PWC) and Boating Safety Facts & Tips Facts:
In 2012 there were 58 fatalities and 721 reported injuries in the U.S. due to PWC accidents. Almost 71% of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, almost 85% were not wearing a life jacket.
The most common types of vessels involved in accidents were open motorboats (47%), personal watercraft (19%), and cabin motorboats (15%).
Never drink while using a PWC. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.
Where a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket at all times.
Ensure your watercraft is stocked with the appropriate gear:
Approved personal flotation device; and Dead-man lanyard connecting the driver to the ignition.
ATV Safety Facts & Tips Facts
327 Deaths and 107,500 injuries were reported in 2011.
More than a quarter of the total deaths reported were children younger than 16.