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What happens when you combine water, warm temperatures and sunny days? A great opportunity for outdoor recreation! May 18-24, 2013, is National Safe Boating Week. Whether you are an experienced boater or just getting out on the water for the first time, boating can be a fun way to explore the environment and enjoy nice weather. It can also be dangerous if you’re not prepared. The U.S. Coast Guard tallied over 4,500 recreational boating accidents in 2011 – including 758 deaths, over 3,000 injuries and 52 million dollars of damage to property.
Viewer Tip: Whether you’re hitting the water in a motor boat, canoe, kayak or raft, brush up on safe boating practices and know how to protect yourself and others in all kinds of weather. These tips will make sure everyone has a safe boating season:
(Sources: National Weather Service, “National Safe Boating Week,” http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/marine/safeboating/; National Council on Skin Care Prevention, “Don’t Fry Day,” http://www.skincancerprevention.org/programs/dont-fry-day; U.S. Coast Guard, “Recreational Boating Statistics 2011,” http://www.uscgboating.org/assets/1/workflow_staging/Publications/557.PDF; American Boating Association. “Clean Boating and Environmental Stewardship.” http://www.americanboating.org/clean.asp; Image courtesty of US Coast Guard)