Sunscreen is a necessity. Skin Cancer is scary and, yes, it does kill. There are a myriad of products out there and it can be confusing. But, it is so important to apply and re-apply often to get the best protection. If you are unsure about what SPF is right for you, check with your physician or other medical advisor. Let's get those kids slathered up too, and teach them a good habit when enjoying the sun. Remember to protect your eyes as well, and break out those shades!
It is a great escape to be on the water and enjoy time with friends and family; but we all must be aware of the inherent dangers that can, and for many, do occur.
One simple thing to check off the list for safety is to have a life jacket on board for EVERY person.
There are a few Coast Guard regulations to follow:
*The life jacket MUST be Coast Guard approved.
*The life jacket must be the proper size for the person meant to wear it.
*The life jacket MUST be in good condition.
*It's a great rule of thumb for the life jacket to be worn at all times when on the water, but if not worn, it must be easily accessible.
It is important for children to wear a life jacket at all times in and around water. You can never start too early teaching children to have a healthy respect for the power of the water.
Also, be aware that there are life jackets designed for:
*Swimmer or Non-swimmer
*Men, Women, Children, and pets
*Activity (paddling, fishing, skiing, etc.)
Check out the U.S. Coast Guard website or your state boating authority for regulations you need to follow.