2010-09-03 / Community

Tips For Safeguarding Pets On Boats

More and more boaters are bringing their pets on board for a day on the water. Boat captains need to stop and think about a few simple steps that will ensure they and their pets have a fun, safe boating experience this upcoming Labor Day weekend.

Pet Safety Lady, a nationally-known expert on pets and their safety, recommends the following steps for safe boating with your pet:

Take things slow if it is your pet’s first time on the boat. Let him adjust to the movement of the boat and the sound of the engine.

Always consider a Personal (Pet) Flotation Device. Most have a handle on back to easily lift your pet out of the water.

Provide better footing with a piece of carpet or rubber mat (considering that your pet is not wearing boat shoes).

Check the deck’s temperature often. Deck surfaces can get quite hot on your pet’s footpads.

“Although it is important to take the appropriate steps to make sure your pet is safe on board, it is equally important to make sure that you and your family are safe as well this holiday,” said Allstate New York spokesperson Krista Conte.

According to Allstate’s Boat Safety brochure, here is the boater’s checklist:

Always wear a personal flotation deice (PFD) when boating.

Don’t use an inflatable toy as a substitute for a PFD.

Never drink and boat.

Pay attention to weather changes.

Head for shore when winds increase

or storm clouds roll in.

Always tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to return.

Be aware of exhaust emissions. Avoid areas where carbon monoxide

collects in and around your boat.

Follow Red-Right-Running: keep red buoys to your right (starboard) and green buoys to your left (port).

Take a boating safety course from an expert organization (e.g. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadron).

In addition to safeguarding yourself and passengers, your boat is a valuable investment that should have an up-todate boat insurance policy.

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