Blog August 2014

AVOIDING PROPELLER RELATED INJURIES

Posted On: August 19, 2014

There’s been a lot of unfortunate news about mishaps with propellers this season. With that in mind, here are some simple reminders.

 

Simple Steps to Minimize Propeller Injury

 

 First, exercise some common sense!!!!

- Personally look at the area around your boat’s propeller before starting the engine

. Don’t count on others —see for yourself.

- Before you set out for the day, take a moment to inform your passengers of the location and dangers of the propellers, and call attention to any propeller warning labels around your boat.

- Never permit passengers to ride on the bow, gunwale, transom, seatbacks, or

other locations where they might fall overboard and under the boat. Accidents

can happen in the blink of an eye… and so can propeller strikes.

- Establish and communicate rules for swim platform use, boarding ladders, and seating. Your boat, your rules:  be clear and firm!

- Make sure all passengers (including you) wear a lifejacket at all times.

- Consider an engine cut-off switch and other propeller safety devices,

including:

• Propeller guards

• Ringed propellers

• Propulsion alternatives

• Interlocks

• Sensors

• Anti-feedback steering

• Rear-facing video cameras

 

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COMMON SENSE TIPS IF SOMEONE IS DROWNING

Posted On: August 05, 2014

WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE IS IN DANGER OF DROWNING

 

It's something none of us ever want to imagine doing -- jumping in the water to save someone. Did you know in many cases a person or child needing help ends up drowning their rescuer?

Knowing what to do can save the victim's life and yours.

If you are dockside or on a beach once you see that someone is drowning, have someone else call 911.  

"That way if things escalate beyond your control someone will be on the way to help you. If possible, reach a hand out to them, or maybe a leg or a shepherd's hook or long pole or net if handy. . The person in distress will reach out and grab the pole without you actually putting yourself in danger.

If you are on the water, throw out a buoy to them. A buoy is your best bet when jumping in to rescue someone. Going in without one should be your last resort as it is very dangerous.  

Remember, when you jump in to try to save somebody they will not be worried about your well-being but more about theirs at the time, they're trying to get air and they might push you down or they might grab you; preventing you from helping them. 

If you do go in after someone, approach them from behind, as they're less likely to grab you and push you under that way. Talk to them and tell them to remain calm. 

Remember just because you're a great swimmer doesn't mean you won't tire out and need help yourself.. 

Having a plan before an emergency occurs is always best. 

When taking children swimming, you should be undistracted, watching them and be within a foot of them at all times.

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