While on a leisure surfing, fishing or cruising, it is always necessary to pack some of the essential safety gear measures on board to keep you safe out of the troubles occurring during a boating. It is mandatory to have the right boat equipment, ensuring safety to make most of the time spent on water with your friends and family.
The following are some equipment essentials for your safe and enjoyable watery adventures.
Lifejackets are the most important piece of safety equipment for any kind of boat trips. An approved lifejacket must be used by every single person on board. It must be available in correct sizes and good conditions, to ensure the safety of the wearers. Every year there are approximately 550 boating fatalities from boating accidents. During an emergency situation, the first thing you must do is to ensure all passengers onboard to immediately put on their life jacket. It is always safe to recommend everyone onboard to put them on right at the dock before departure.
When boaters are wearing a proper lifejacket, chances of survival from capsizing or a fall overboard will dramatically increase. Lifejackets are a vital piece of safety equipment that could save lives during emergency situations while boating. Put the lifejacket on as part of your pre-trip preparation, as it is a lot harder to put a lifejacket on in the water during an emergency. Nylons are the strong boat rope of choice in docking and anchoring purposes for your boat.
Fire extinguishers are one of the most necessary devices required in dousing out fires boarding on ship and to stop it from further spreading. Fire extinguishers are preferred on board ships depending on the types of fire and the material acting as fuel. Fire extinguishers will always have the date of the last service on them, hence ensure to remain updated for their last use. Also check for corrosion, since some of the fire extinguishers are not designed for the marine environment.
Always make sure to mount your fire extinguishers in particular emergency locations to reach out easily at those times. The five main types of fire extinguishers used on ships are soda acid fire extinguisher, water extinguisher, foam extinguisher, carbon dioxide extinguisher and dry powder extinguisher.
Visual distress signal
A Visual Distress Signal or VDS is any device used to signal others to locate your boat quickly during an emergency situation. Visual distress signals include day signals, night signals and anytime signals. VDS are either pyrotechnic, which use smoke and flame to signal, or non-pyrotechnic, which are non-combustible signaling devices.
There are a few different styles of VDS signals which include parachutes, red meteors or handheld boat flares, floating smoke signals, orange distress flags and electric distress lights. One of the most common types of visual distress signals are pyrotechnic signals such as flares, which are easy to use as well as recognize. Like every other types of emergency equipment, VDS must also be kept in good conditions and be stored in a readily accessible location.
A sound producing device on boating can either be a whistle or horn. Motorboats are required to carry any mechanical sound producing device such as a horn or whistle, that should be audible up to one mile at least. When out on the water, one should always have a means of signaling the nearby patrons to indicate the instances of overtaking, meeting, crossing and also in case of emergencies. Any boat 40 feet or shorter should carry some means of creating a sound signal that should be audible for one-half of a mile. An athletic whistle or handheld horn are some of the acceptable sound-producing devices for these vessels.
Sound signals play an extremely important role concerning the safety of boaters. These signaling devices must always be in serviceable condition. They should be stowed in locations that are readily accessible and should be marked with a date showing serviceable life. Always make sure they are not expired, as in distress flares, smoke flares and meteor rockets, as they have an expiration date of 42 months after the date of manufacture. Additionally, a rod holder for boat can place a fishing rod into it, for easy fishing without holding it by hand.
Carbon Monoxide Detector
On typical enclosed boats one must have detectors and associated alarms that can alert to the presence of CO, fumes and smoke. The most prevalent source of CO is the exhausts from gasoline engines and generators. These fumes reach boaters from, the leaks in the exhaust system, fumes that are sucked back into the boat, or from other boats. Hence there are several ways for CO to find its way aboard.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless compound, therefore installation of CO detectors aboard all recreational boats are necessarily recommended. Always make sure to use a carbon monoxide detector designed for marine use.
Most newer CO detectors can last for about 10 years and can give an audible signal when it’s time to replace them.