KENNEWICK, Wash. -- With warmer temperatures in the forecast, many people are heading out on the water to have fun in their boats. But, the Department of Ecology says there are some things people should keep in mind before they head out on the water.
The Department of Ecology says maintaining your boat will not only make sure you stay safe but that you help keep Washington waters clean. First, Ecology officials say you should tune up your motor and check for oil and fuel leaks before setting out.
Also, you should check all drain plugs to make sure they are free and clear. This helps prevent your boat from taking on water. Also, you should make sure you don't overfill your gas tank.
Columbia Dive Rescue has further tips for you. They say you should make sure somebody knows where you are going before you take off. They also encourage you have a cell phone or something to communicate with. Finally, they want people to make sure they have enough life jackets for everyone in their boat. If you want to get your boat checked. You can go to the Richland Wal-Mart between 10 and 2 tomorrow. Columbia Basin Dive Rescue will check your boat for free.