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Start your safety plan before you set sail on Lake Michigan

Enjoying a day out on Lake Michigan is a lot of fun. Whether you are going from Chicago to New Buffalo or just hanging around the waters near the city, you should ensure that you are ready for a safe day. This isn't always easy because you can't control the weather on the lake or the other boaters. There are some ways that you can increase your safety while you are out.

There are a few things that you need to do before you set sail. The first is that you need to make a plan and let someone on the shore know what that plan is. This should include how long you are going to be out and where you are going to go. You should also do a safety check on the boat and make sure that everyone on board has a life jacket or approved flotation device.

When you get into the boat to head out, make sure that you know who is going to handle the captain's duties. You should also designate someone as an assistant. This ensures that there is always someone ready to take care of the boat.

Whoever is going to be the captain of the boat and whoever will be the assistant should avoid alcohol so they are ready to maneuver the boat. Nobody wants to end the day injured because of an accident.

If something does happen and your boat is involved in an accident, there might be injuries. These can be serious and might lead to claims for compensation from the other boater who caused the accident.

Source: Discover Boating, "Safe Boating Tips," accessed May 04, 2017

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