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Oklahoma Boating Safety Checklist

Oklahoma lakes are ideal for enjoying fishing, boating, sailing and other water sports. However, boating can be dangerous. Try to stay safe by protecting yourself with checklists to increase your boat safety.

Make sure that safety equipment is on board and works properly. Examine or make certain the following items are available and in good repair:

  • A stocked first aid kit
  • One life jacket per passenger
  • A ship to shore radio
  • Navigation tools, including a compass and other electronic devices
  • Distress alert warning devices such as a bell or whistle
  • Extra paddles, oars or a second engine for propulsion
  • Floating rescue equipment, such as a ring or other floating device
  • An operating fire extinguisher
  • Tools with emergency parts for minor repairs

Ensure that the boat is operating properly by:

  • Checking that the bilge pump works
  • Filling the boat with fuel
  • Making sure navigation lights work
  • Checking that the battery is properly charged

Be informed by preparing before you depart. You can do this by taking the following precautions:

  • Knowing the expected weather and water conditions
  • Ensuring your cargo is evenly balanced
  • Creating a safety plan to discuss with the passengers

Hopefully, your attention to boat safety will allow you to enjoy the summer without an accident. Even with careful precautions, you can encounter rough water, boaters operating vessels while under the influence, and other dangerous situations, so it is vital to stay alert while on your watercraft, and never to drink and drive.

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