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
- 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
- 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