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Safety Precautions for Boating and Hunting

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Boating and hunting are certainly two of the most popular
outdoor activities. In the following article we will take a look
at each of them and discuss some of the safety risk involved.

Boating The term boating usually refers to the recreational use
of a pleasure craft. Fishing and waterskiing are two common
boating activities along with many other sports. Millions of
boaters can be found all around the world as it is an incredibly
popular activity.

Boating Safety For most people when they go out boating on the
water the last thing on their mind is emergency preparation.
This is a mistake which over time has cost many people their
lives. Being prepared for an emergency is absolutely vital if
you are going to go out boating. Common boating emergencies
include someone falling overboard, boat breakdowns, boat leaks
and capsizing.

Proper safety equipment is not only recommended but is mandatory
in most places. Boating safety equipment includes life buoys,
life jackets and ladders. A horn and bailer are also recommended
and/or required in most areas. Survival suits are also
recommended especially when boating in cold water where the risk
of hypothermia is greater.

Proper maintenance of your boat is essential to ensuring a safe
trip. Without proper maintenance your boat has a much greater
risk of breaking down which will put the lives of everyone on
board including yourself at risk.

Hunting Hunting can be defined as the practise of pursuing some
type of animal while attempting to capture or kill it. Hunting
dates back many, many years and is a very celebrated pastime.

Hunting Safety Unload all firearms when not in use. Although you
may know that your firearm is loaded, the people around you may
not. Never hop over a fence or climb into your tree stand with a
gun that is loaded. When travelling on an ATV or other vehicle
unload the gun as well.

Be sure that not only do you know what is in front of your
target before shooting but also be aware of what is behind it.
Many hunters leave this part out as they assume that they will
not miss. That however is not the case.

The most important safety tip that we can offer you is to use
common sense at ALL times. While hunting, do not at any time
allow your emotions to override common sense.

Taking a compass and map with you will aid if you get lost. Even
a flashlight is a good idea in case you become lost in the dark.
The flashlight will also help in avoiding snakes and other
potentially dangerous animals.


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  • Posted On August 11, 2006
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