Commissioner Causey emphasizes July 4th water safety

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) — North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey stresses water safety precautions for the upcoming Fourth of July celebrations. 

“Beaches, lakes, and waterways will be crowded,” Causey said. “It’s crucial to be safe and responsible on boats, jet skis, kayaks, or while swimming.” 

According to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina has seen 37 boating accidents, resulting in seven fatalities, mainly due to lack of wearing life jackets. 

Boating Safety Reminders:

1. Wear a Life Jacket: Ensure everyone has a properly fitting, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. 

2. Don’t Drink and Boat: Operating a boat while intoxicated is illegal and dangerous. 

3. Learn CPR: CPR knowledge can be lifesaving. 

4. Use an Engine Cut-off Device: This stops the boat if the operator falls overboard. 

5. Be Careful Around Swimmers: Stay alert to avoid accidents. 

6. Carry Safety Equipment: Always have a first aid kit, emergency flares, and beacon lights on board. 

Beach Safety Tips:

  • Heed warning flags for rip currents. 
  • If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore and call for help if needed. 
  • Recognize drowning signs; it often occurs quietly without flailing arms.

For more information, visit the NC Department of Insurance website.