With the final major holiday weekend of the summer right around the corner, local authorities are putting out a reminder to use common sense. Captain Matt Walz, Director of the Highway Patrol’s Water Patrol Division, says it starts with making sure everyone uses a life jacket, especially for kids 7-and-under which is required by law. The captain also says, if you plan on hitting the water, to take some simple precautions when it comes to carbon monoxide which is often referred to as a silent killer.
Among the precautions, especially if tying up with a number of other boats, include making sure you have proper ventilation on your boat and closing off any cabin areas to prevent an accumulation of carbon monoxide in the cabin areas. If you or someone on the boat with you starts feeling dizzy, nauseous, faint or comes down with a headache, or a combination of the symptoms, you should immediately get checked out