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Boating Safety

After a long cold winter, it is understandable why so many Ontarians enjoy being out on the water in the summer. One of the best ways to spend a hot summer day is out on a boat, which is why one in five Canadian households owns a recreational boat!  Whether you enjoy yachting, sailing, canoeing, ski-do’ing, or any other kind of boating, it is important to stay safe.

On average, about 100 Canadians die each summer from boating-related deaths.

We should approach boating safety the same way as thinking about motor vehicle safety.

Here Are Some Questions To Think About Before Going Out On The Water:

Would you get into a car with a driver without a licence? Operators of recreational boats with a motion of 10 horsepower or more must have proof of competency, such as a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

Would you get into a car with a drunk driver? We all know the dangers of the driver while under the influence of alcohol, and this also applies to boating. Alcohol is linked or suspected in 41% of all boating-related deaths.

Would you ride in a car without a seatbelt? About 90% of people who drowned in boating accidents were not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) or a lifejacket. The safest thing to do is to wear a PFD or lifejacket at all times when boating – life jackets save lives!

There are many other aspects to ensure a safe boating trip, including diligent operation of a boat, good weather conditions, and ensuring all required safety equipment is on board.  

What Should You Do If You Have Been In A Boating Accident?

Unfortunately, not all boat operators ensure that their passengers will enjoy a safe boating trip. Even when all steps have been taken to ensure a safe trip, accidents can happen. If you have been involved in a boating accident, the experienced Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers at LMS can help you receive the compensation you are entitled to.

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