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How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Memorial Day

From light eating to the No. 1 beach danger, here are tips to making your Memorial Day healthy and safe.

Boater's Paradise continued...

Like the open road, boating should not involve alcohol.

"The biggest thing is to not to drink and boat," says Bednarcik. "A lot of people equate boating with drinking, and studies show that half the fatalities that take place on the water happen because someone is under the influence."

Other tips from the ABA to ensure a safe summer boating excursion include:

  • File a float plan. "... lots of people take overnight trips on their boat or go offshore, and if you do that, you should file a float plan with someone from home," says Bednarcik. "Give them your cell phone number, tell them where you're going out of, where you plan to be, and when you're planning to be back so if they don't hear from you, they can notify the proper authorities."
  • Keep your eyes on the water and the weather. "Watch for swimmers and water skiers, and submerged objects," says Bednarcik. "And watch the weather -- plan ahead so you have a spot to take cover if a storm hits quickly."

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Reviewed on June 23, 2004

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