Please select your home edition
Edition
Maritimo 2019 HEADER

Don't try to have your own fireworks show this July fourth holiday

by Scott Croft 23 Jun 04:28 PDT

Celebrating America's birthday, thousands of boaters are expected to hit the water this Fourth of July holiday weekend, recreational boating's traditional busiest time of the year.

With COVID-19 it certainly won't be the same. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has a few boating safety reminders just in time for the holiday.

While boaters will need to follow social distancing guidelines, that's not the only COVID-19 concern, according to the Foundation. While many local community fireworks displays have been canceled this year, some boaters may wish to offer their own fireworks show and take to the water with pyrotechnics.

"With gallons of fuel aboard and other flammable materials - your boat - you would be truly risking lives," said BoatUS Foundation Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner. "It's not worth the risk. There is no safe place aboard a boat suitable for using fireworks."

As the captain, you can't head out without remembering that your passengers become your responsibility as soon as you pull away from the dock. Think twice about loading up the boat with a cooler full with beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks as alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.

"Just because the captain is sober doesn't mean alcohol should be free-flowing aboard your boat," said Sensenbrenner. "The stressors of a hot sun, wind and waves all day when combined with alcohol can intensify the effects of inebriation, increasing the risk of a passenger slip or fall overboard or worse. Save the alcohol for celebrating after you have safely returned home for the night."

Lastly, remember that you won't be out on the water alone. Operation Dry Water will heighten BUI awareness and enforcement during the three-day weekend of July 3-5, and law enforcement officers will be on alert for those violating boating under the influence laws. Agencies from all 50 states and are expected to participate for increased enforcement.

Related Articles

Fourth of July holiday to be a busy one on water
TowBoatUS nationwide towing fleet expected to respond to 3500 requests for assistance At the nation's largest 24/7 on-water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters, TowBoatUS, it's all hands on deck. Posted on 2 Jul
Do you make these 3 boating safety mistakes?
A look at the data shows where you can improve safety aboard With the recent release of the U.S. Coast Guard's 2019 Recreational Boating Statistics, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water recommends avoiding these three common boating mistakes to increase safety for all aboard. Posted on 2 Jul
BoatUS says FCC's message to boaters: 'Tough Luck'
Controversial order threatens reliability of hundreds of millions of GPS units BoatUS, says an April 22 decision by the Federal Communications Commission to give mobile satellite services operator Ligado Networks, a private equity company, the green light to build and operate a land-based industrial 5G wireless network Posted on 26 Jun
Buying a boat?
Here's what they don't have to tell you Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has helped hundreds of thousands of boat owners make good boat-buying decisions. Posted on 24 Jun
Barely a week into hurricane season with 3 storms
Is your boat ready for the 4th? Tropical Storm Cristobal swept over the Louisiana Coast on Sunday bringing the tally of named storms in the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season so far to three – with two of them occurring before the official June 1 start of the season. Posted on 9 Jun
How to protect your boat for 183 days
BoatUS offers help for hurricane season The 2020 hurricane season starts Monday, June 1, and runs through November 30. That is 183 days your boat could find itself in the crosshairs of one of the 16 predicted named storms. Posted on 27 May
Memorial day weekend boating expected to be big
Recreating outdoors has become an important survival tool The nationwide on-water towing fleet with more than 600 red response vessels, TowBoatUS, expects this Memorial Day holiday weekend to be a busy one, responding to an increased number of requests for assistance by recreational boaters. Posted on 20 May
8 ways to love boating while waiting out COVID-19
Become a smarter sailor while saving big bucks Offshore Sailing School's learn to sail, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's Modern Marine Navigation courses free through May 15 Posted on 25 Apr
BoatUS Spring Commissioning Checklist
Helping recreational boaters prep for the summer boating season Getting the boat ready for the summer boating season is an exciting time for America's nearly 12 million recreational boaters. Posted on 4 Mar
Get a taste of the boating life
BoatUS Foundation offers 3-hour courses for beginners and experienced boaters Want to get a taste of the boating life or improve your on-water boat handling skills? The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water offers a choice of four fun and affordable at-the-helm on-water training courses for beginner Posted on 29 Feb
Marina Exchange FOOTER 1Maritimo 2019 FooterHighfield Boats - Power - FOOTER