In August of 2011, a Michigan teenager and his friend decided to jumped off a dock into West Grand Traverse Bay – despite the no swimming signs posted inside the marina breakwall. It was a decision that ended tragically with his death by electrocution, and the ripples of horror and grief were felt by the entire community. Personally I had been stunned upon hearing this news. My family had boat on that very dock just weeks before.
NFPA has been a part of the effort to bring more awareness to the invisible danger of Electric Shock Drowning (ESD). The recent NFPA Journal article Troubled Water delved into both the potential causes and consequences when marina or onboard electrical systems leak electrical current into the water, and just last month a new NFPA tip sheet was released on the risks of ESD, and Carbon Monoxide poisoning in and around boats.
As Labor Day Weekend approaches, boaters around the country will take to the water to soak up the last days of summer, and Regional Code Specialist Jeff Sargent and I took to the airwaves this week in an effort to share tips on marina and boat safety one more time. Tune in for the details of that interview and help us spread the word on the safe marina and boat safety practices that every boater should know.