Summer is underway and boats are abound on our beautiful Michigan lakes and rivers. Before you head out to enjoy fun on the water, make sure that you and your guests have the necessary safety equipment on board should any trouble arise.
An accessible, wearable personal flotation device (PDF) (Type I, II, or III) is a life jacket that must be available for each person on board. Life jackets must be USCG–approved and in good serviceable condition. You must have one life jacket of the appropriate size for each person on the boat and children must have a properly fitted life jacket designed for children.
State law requires children under 6 years of age to wear a USCG–approved Type I or II PFD when riding on the open deck of any vessel while underway. Life jackets should be “readily accessible” to passengers. In addition, boats / row boats 16 feet or longer, (except canoes and kayaks) must have one Type IV (throwable) PFD device which shall be “immediately available”.
Fire extinguishers are required if one of the following conditions exist:
Recreational boats less than 26 feet and propelled by outboard motors are not required to have fire extinguishers unless one or more conditions (2-5) listed above apply. Fire extinguishers must be readily accessible and verified as serviceable.
Recreation boats 16 feet and longer used on the Great Lakes are required to carry a minimum of either:
Recreational boats less than 16 feet on the Great Lakes need only carry night visual distress signals when operating from sunset to sunrise.
Be prepared to call for help if:
Above are just a few of the necessary requirements. For more information on Michigan’s boating laws, rules and regulations visit Michigan.gov/dnr.
And remember: if you want to stay safe on the lake, you have to know what you’re doing. For the sake of yourself and your loved ones, know before you go.
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