SPASH!! Safety on the Water
The fun of the summer is here and that means long summer days enjoying the lake, pools, beaches and outdoors. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in all the fun and forget about our safety. We want everyone to stay safe this summer, so here are a few reminders about safety that we hope you’ll remember this year!
When you’re planning a great day of fishing, it’s important to fish with a buddy. So many accidents can happen when you’re fishing alone, so grab a friend and enjoy the time together.
If you’re 14 years or older you are not required to wear a life jacket, but similar to “Seat Belts Saves Lives,” so do life jackets. Everyone, regardless of age, is strongly encouraged to wear a life jacket while on the water.
Check your safety equipment prior to launching a water vessel. Local North Carolina Wild Life and Sheriff’s personnel will be patrolling the water for your safety. It’s important to make sure you have the required safety equipment necessary to use the watercraft. Make sure all life jackets are up to date and there are enough for those using the watercraft. Be prepared to show proper personal identification, watercraft registration and have all safety equipment required prior to use.
Obey weight limits or occupancy safety regulations on your watercraft.
Individuals under the age of 14 are not allowed to operate a personal watercraft. A person between ages 14 and 16 can operate a personal watercraft if accompanied by a person who is at least 18 or has proof of a boating safety certification. This certification was put into law in July 2009. It required individuals to have working knowledge of water vessels and has passed the safety course. For more information on this course, contact the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department.
Do not participate in reckless behavior while riding or driving a watercraft. Some of these behaviors include:
- Unreasonably or unnecessarily weaving through traffic in congested areas
- Jumping the wake of another vessel within 100 feet
- Intentionally approaching another vessel in order to swerve at the last moment to avoid collision
- Operating contrary to the “rules of the road.” An example would be following too closely
No one should operate any motorboat or vessel, or manipulate any water skis, surfboard, or similar device while under the influence or impaired by any substance.
ALCOA does NOT allow any alcohol products of any kind at their accesses, including the Pebble Beach and Buddle Creek Swimming Areas. Pets are also not allowed at swimming areas.
Whatever way you choose to enjoy your summer on the water, take these safety concerns with you so everyone has an enjoyable and safe time. This information was provided by the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department. If you have any questions related to water safe visit NCWildLife.org.