Staying safe during outdoor water activities

Always tell someone where you're going

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Despite rising temperatures, it’s still not safe to be on the water without a personal floatation device.

Northampton Fire Captain David Murrett told 22News, from now until May 15th, if you’re in a kayak or speed boat, you’re required to wear your life vest.

Whether you use a small boat, a jet ski, or a canoe, Captain Murrett said it’s important to know as much as you can about your craft, and the water you’ll be navigating.

He said lakes and ponds are safer than rivers where the water’s moving, and unpredictable. “You’re susceptible to floating logs, debris, things that normally would be seen when the water is lower, might be just below the surface. It doesn’t take much to put a hole in a boat and that creates an issue.”

Captain Murrett said you should tell a friend where you’re going, and bring a cellphone, just in case.