Utah State Parks issues boating safety tips

<strong>Salt Lake City</strong> – The summer season has started tragically with eight boating-related fatalities. Boating accidents and incidents can be prevented by knowing and following boating laws.

Utah State Parks Boating Program Manager Ty Hunter offers the following tips to reduce accidents and incidents this weekend on Utah’s waters:

<div style=”text-indent: 0px;”>- Always wear a life jacket, Utah boaters…WEAR IT!</div><div style=”text-indent: 0px;”>- Take a safe boating course from Utah State Parks</div><div style=”text-indent: 0px;”>- Maintain a distance of 150 feet from other boats, anglers, swimmers and skiers</div><div style=”text-indent: 0px;”>- Maintain a proper lookout</div><div style=”text-indent: 0px;”>- Follow navigation rules</div><div style=”text-indent: 0px;”>- Carry all necessary safety equipment on board</div><div style=”text-indent: 0px;”>- Ensure your boat is in good working order; check spark plugs, battery, etc.</div><div style=”text-indent: 0px;”>- Play safe and play sober; do not boat under the influence of alcohol</div><div style=”text-indent: 0px;”>- Know and educate others about carbon monoxide poisoning</div><div style=”text-indent: 0px;”>- File a float plan</div>

For more information, including copies of laws and rules and a safety equipment checklist, please visit <a href=”http://stateparks.utah.gov”>stateparks.utah.gov</a> or call 801-538-7220.

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