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Cool days and early nights make autumn more dangerous for boaters

Now that the fall is approaching, it's a good time to talk about how it may affect you while working on a boat or ship. Though Louisiana stays warm all year, there will still be some chillier days and nights in the future. Those can have an impact on your safety on a ship or while you're out at sea.

One of the first things to remember is that the temperatures may drop only a little bit on land, but the ocean is a different matter. If you're out to sea, you can expect to cool down quicker than in the summer months, especially with the ocean spray and windy conditions. Water temperatures fall, so wear a life jacket or other safety gear as appropriate, so you don't accidentally find yourself dealing with hypothermia.

Autumn is also a time when storms may approach quickly. If you've ever been involved in a serious storm at sea, you know how dangerous that can be for you. That's why it's so important for your ship to have a weather radio and to make sure you check the weather each day (and throughout the day).

Finally, your employer should take the time to update your charts. In channels and local waters, buoys and channel markers may be pulled in the fall, so you should update your charts to account for that. Additionally, days are shorter, so your employer should always make sure navigational lighting and flares are at the ready.

These tips can help you and your team stay safe during the autumn in the maritime industry. If you are injured or suffer injuries, you may be able to hold your employer accountable.

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