Boating Safety - Memorial Day Weekend | HB Value Homes
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Observe these boating safety tips if you're planning to head out on the water this weekend. 
 

Boating Safety

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and with that comes lots of activity on the water. HB VAlue homes are located in many coastal communities. If you live near the coast and plan to get on the water this weekend, you'll want to be especially mindful of boating safety. With an excess of boats and the increased rise in inexperienced boaters on a holiday weekend, your chances of running into trouble increase.

Safety checklist

Be sure to have enough life jackets on board for all passengers. Children under the age of 12 should wear their life jacket at times. 

Keep a marine radio on board. Your VHF-FM Radio should be tuned to channel 16 for making emergency calls. Don't rely solely on a cell phone - you could easily reach an area without reception. If you do have an emergency, the proper call for a life and death situation is "Mayday, mayday, mayday" repeated three times. For additional protocol in calling for help in a boating emergency, visit Boat-ed.com

Check the weather for storms, tides and winds. Know what your vessel can handle before you head out.

Have a float plan. That means determine where you'll be boating and let someone on shore know your plans and who will be on your boat. 

Stay sober. Always pack a cooler to keep fresh water and other refreshments. However, if you're the captain of the boat, it is imperative to operate the boat while sober. Boats don't have a set of brakes like a car does and accidents can happen swiftly.

HB Value Homes

You'll find HB Value Homes in coastal communities throughout Florida. Whether you prefer the emerald waters and white sugar sand beaches of northwest Florida, the sun-soaked laid back shores of southwest Florida, or waves on the Atlantic shoreline in south, central and northeast Florida - HB Value homes are built in popular cities close to your preferrred beach or body of water. To find your new HB Value home, visit our website. 

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend, on or off the water. And remember, freedom isn't free. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of those who paid the ultimate price in fighting for our freedoms.