GETTING BACK OUT ON THE WATER – JUNE 2020
Now Coronvirus Lockdown Rules are easing, boaters will obviously be keen to get back out on the water. ADEC Marine would advise that you please do some safety checks first. We list a few items below to check over before you head out to sea.
Inflatable liferafts, Inflatable Lifejackets, even foam-filled lifejackets, distress flares, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, anything that has a battery – lifebuoy lights, lifejacket lights, handheld VHF radios for example should be inspected and checked over before going out to sea to ensure there is no damage and that your safety equipment is still within its service date or expiry date and that it is working correctly.
Lifejackets are particularly susceptible if kept in a damp environment. Check the outer valise crotch strap, buckle and fittings for wear and tear. Manually inflate the lifejacket and leave overnight. If the lifejacket is still firm in the morning, then there are no leaks. Check gas cylinders are not pierced, corroded or oxidised and that they are screwed in tightly.
Alternatively, have your inflatable lifejackets serviced by us so you know for definite that should you need to use them, they will operate and inflate correctly. Remember, contamination from salt spray, dirt and sand all contributes to decreasing your lifejacket’s efficiency. Make sure you stow them correctly and protect them when not in use.
Check the expiry dates of your distress flares and also the contents of your first aid kit. Is everything in date and good to go?
Check your fire extinguishers. Inspect the locking pins, tamper tag/indicator and seals. Inspect the pressure gauge to make sure the indicator is in the correct range. Usually, the correct pressure range is marked in green.
Make sure your liferaft has not missed its service and is in date. Check the outer container or valise for any visible damage. If in doubt, get your liferaft checked over at our Service Station. If you liferaft is due or past its service date, then we highly recommend you have it serviced before setting out on the water.
Keep safe out there. We want you to come back safe and sound.