The Fourth of July celebration is right around the corner and it is a popular time for boaters to get out and enjoy being on the water with family and friends. But with approximately 500 people drowning each year from recreational boating accidents, it is imperative to always boat responsibly, including wearing a life jacket, being alert and aware while on the water and obeying navigation rules.
The National Safe Boating Council (safeboatingcouncil.org) is encouraging all boaters to take the “Safe Summer Pledge” this July 4. The pledge allows boaters to share with their family and friends their dedication to boat safety and wearing a life jacket each and every time they are on the water. The pledge can be signed and shared via social networks by visiting safeboatingcampaign.com/camp-pledge.htm.