People who are going out for a day on the lake might be so focused on having fun that they forget about safety. From the start of the day through the time you get home, you should remember that safety is a priority.
Remember these three safety tips before you head out to the docks to spend time on the water.
1. Wear appropriate footwear
Wearing the right footwear is essential for safety on boat docks. Choose non-slip, closed-toe shoes with a good grip to help prevent slips and falls on wet or slippery surfaces. Avoid wearing flip-flops, sandals, or high heels, as they can be unstable and increase the risk of accidents.
2. Be aware of your surroundings
Always be cautious and aware of your surroundings when on a boat dock. Keep an eye out for any hazards, such as loose boards, ropes, fishing lines or debris that could cause tripping. Also, be mindful of other boaters and dock users to avoid collisions or accidents. If you have children or pets with you, make sure to supervise them closely to ensure their safety.
3. Follow proper docking procedures
When approaching or leaving a dock, ensure that you are following proper docking procedures to maintain safety. This includes reducing your speed, using appropriate lighting and signals and securing your boat properly using dock lines and fenders. Communicate with your crew or passengers to coordinate tasks and ensure everyone is aware of their responsibilities. Additionally, familiarize yourself with any specific rules or guidelines for the dock or marina you are using.
Accidents on boat docks can lead to serious injuries. If the incident was the result of someone else’s negligence, seeking compensation might be in order. Time limits apply to these cases under Florida law.