Staying safe while out on the water

Missouri Boating Laws

--PFD's (personal floatation devices) enough for each person on board the watercraft or vessel. (should be size appropriate)

-- all children under 7 years of age must be wearing a pfd on-board any vessel

--prepare boat before heading out to the water (make sure boat is water ready)

-battery(s) fully charged

-drain plug attached

-- make sure all safety equipment is on-board

- throwable floatation device (seat cushion)

- fire extinguisher

- horn working or whistle available

- if operated at night make sure lights are working (red left side front-port & green right side front starboard) white light on rear to be seen all around

- if operating an inboard system must have blower

--registration must be kept in vessel

-- must be at least 14 years of age to operate boat

-- if born after January 1, 1984 all boat operators must have boater ID card-

--always good to have a "float plan"

Watch weather. If a storm looks to be evident, return to dock or boat ramp