Tips for Safe Boating on the Potomac River this Memorial Day Holiday

The weather is supposed to be lovely for the upcoming holiday weekend.  If

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you’re planning to get your boat of storage for the first time and head out on the Potomac River, check out these tips from Fairfax County Fire & Rescue for safe boating and watercraft operation.  Safety patrols will be out on the river all weekend.

  • Don’t drink and boat. Boating while intoxicated is just as dangerous as drinking and driving. The “designated driver” system doesn’t work in boating. Everyone is at risk because the boat’s motion, coupled with alcohol, increases the chances of losing balance and falling overboard.
  • Everyone on the boat should wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device or life jacket. It’s the best protection against drowning.
  • Check the weather and water conditions before leaving the shore. If it looks like storms are brewing or the water is very choppy, wait for another day to go boating.

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