The American Boat & Yacht Council’s foundation is partnering with the Energy Education Council’s safe electricity “Teach Learn Care TLC” campaign to help prevent electric-shock drowning.
The safety messages include proper maintenance of a boat’s electrical system and safe actions in the water.
The ABYC said an expert investigation for solutions on the dockside mitigation of the hazard is under way because of a recent grant from the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Protection Research Foundation and support from the ABYC Foundation.
The outreach is especially timely, the ABYC said, with the approach of National Safe Boating Week and the subsequent Memorial Day holiday, when more people will be on and around boats.
“We are very impressed with the Energy Education Council and their outreach efforts on this and other electrical safety issues,” ABYC president John Adey said. “The additional effort by ABYC’s foundation, along with the Fire Protection Research Foundation, will produce tangible results that will make an impact.”
“We’re grateful to ABYC for their commitment to water recreation/electrical safety,” said Molly Hall, executive director of the Energy Education Council. “Arming people with knowledge will help prevent tragedies and save lives.”