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If you are planning to hit the water to cool off, safety inspectors say you should get your boat checked out.
KENNEWICK, WA - If you are planning to hit the water to cool off, safety inspectors say you should get your boat checked out.
This weekend, volunteers from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla 8-5 gave free vessel safety inspections.
Inspectors check to make sure boaters have life-jackets, working distress signals like flares and a horns, as well as a fire extinguisher, working navigation lights and adequate registration and numbering.
"We recommend people get it done before hand so that they know by the fact that when we put that sticker on their boat that they are prepared to go out on the water and would have a better chance of surviving an emergency based on our safety checks," said Scott Myrick, Volunteer.
The inspections are free and the next one will be August 9th at Leslie Groves Park in Richland according to their website.