Boat Fire Prevention Tips and Iowa Life jacket Laws for Summer Fun on Clear Lake
It's easy to forget about the importance of fire safety once you board a boat and cruise on the open water after a long winter. It's as simple as this, prevention is your best protection this summer! However, accidents do happen, and it CAN happen to you! It is very important to have all safety measures in place to help all boaters safely deal with a fire or emergency situation. Take a few minutes to develop a prevention plan by taking these few smart steps!
Fit smoke alarms inside the boat: Optical sensor alarms with hush buttons, and sealed for life batteries, are the best smoke alarms for boat use. Fit the alarms properly so that a fire in any place aboard the vessel will be detected quickly. For maximum fire safety and prevention, we recommend fitting multiple alarms and link them- so when one alarm detects a fire, all alarms will sound. Check the batteries regularly! Make a habit of testing the alarms every 2 weeks, or after spending a long period of time away from the boat. Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they work!
An emergency plan is key, so everyone aboard knows what to do in case of a fire.
There are three very important safety devices all passengers must be able to locate:
1. Emergency cut-off valves and switches
2. Life Jackets, make sure there is one for each passenger and each jacket is in GOOD condition
3. A flashlight, to aid escape at night
Additionally, remember to keep all Exits clear with keys easily accessible. In the event that you must call 911 for emergency rescue, always know where you are on the waterways system so you may notify emergency services of your location. This saves time, which could potentially save a life!
Iowa Flotation Device Laws:
Every vessel must have at least one U.S.. Coast Guard-approved life jacket on board for each passenger. Vessels over 16 feet in length, except kayaks and canoes, must also carry at least one approved throwable-flotation device. Children under 13 years of age must wear a life jacket at all times when on deck. Operators of personal watercrafts and persons being towed behind a vessel must wear an approved life jacket at all times. Life jackets must carry a Coast Guard approval tag and be in good condition, readily accessible and of the proper size for the user.
Have a safe, and fun boating season!