• Health Tip: Stay Safe on a Boat

    Suggestions from the U.S. Coast Guard

    (HealthDay News) -- If you're one of the 70 million Americans who enjoy boating, the U.S. Coast Guard offers these safety suggestions:

    • You and your passengers should wear well-fitted life jackets at all times.
    • Avoid drinking alcohol, which is a factor in about 1 in 5 boating deaths.
    • Take a prep course in boating safety.
    • Have your boat inspected regularly.
    • Make sure the boat is properly vented to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Install carbon monoxide detectors in living and sleeping areas.

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Last Modified on April 13, 2011