(HealthDay News) -- If you're one of the 70 million Americans who enjoy boating, the U.S. Coast Guard offers these safety suggestions:

  • You and your passengers should wear well-fitted life jackets at all times.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol, which is a factor in about 1 in 5 boating deaths.
  • Take a prep course in boating safety.
  • Have your boat inspected regularly.
  • Make sure the boat is properly vented to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Install carbon monoxide detectors in living and sleeping areas.