The Massachusetts State Police urge boaters to be safe as they enjoy their time on the waterways of the Commonwealth this summer, and recommend the following safety tips:
- Safety Equipment: The State Police urge boaters to conduct a safety check on their vessel prior to getting underway to ensure that they have all the necessary safety equipment on-board.
- Personal Flotation Devices (PFD's): Boaters are required to have one Coast Guard approved, readily accessible, appropriately sized PFD for every passenger on-board. Children under the age of 12 are required to wear PFD's at all times while on deck.
- Fire Extinguishers: Coast Guard approved fire extinguishers are required on boats where a fire hazard could exist.
- Emergency Flares: Boaters are required to carry 3 flares.
- Propeller Safety Device: The State Police strongly recommend that all boaters install a propeller safety device to help protect passengers and swimmers from propeller strikes.
- Never Boat Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs: "Over the Limit and Under Arrest" applies to boaters as well. Impaired boating is extremely hazardous and boaters are reminded that if they are found to be boating under the influence this summer, they will be arrested.
- Get a Vessel Safety Check and Enroll in a Boating Safety Course: The State Police recommend that all boat owners have yearly vessel safety checks. Having a yearly Vessel Safety Check is one of the best ways for boat owners to discover unsafe conditions on their vessels. The State Police also urge boaters to take a boating safety course to more thoroughly familiarize themselves with boating safety and maritime law.