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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

With spring approaching, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages boaters to avoid the rush and enroll in a safety course prior to the boating season. The reminder coincides with the national Spring Aboard – Take a Boating Education Course campaign that runs March 18-24. “Michigan and boating go hand in

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Education, Safety

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Next week, Mar. 18-24, is a great time to take a boating safety course. Why? It’s perfect timing just before the start of the boating and fishing season and the week-long ‘Spring Aboard’ public service campaign makes it easy for boaters to take a boating safety course. The educational effort is a partnership of the

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The day is June 23, 2017. Billy Turosky, an MFS Supply sales representative, answers a call from one of his customers. Customer: “Billy, you have to hear this. Remember that Shock Alarm I purchased from you last week? IT WORKED! Man, my kids could have died. I can’t believe it.” This customer, owning a home with a

tags: Safety

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

“Boating safety” usually means preventing injuries or accidents while on the water. Boats in winter storage have some unique safety concerns for boat owners who make periodic checkups over the long winter season. Here are five tips from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water to help boaters stay safe

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Monday, February 19, 2018

Injuries are the leading cause of death in people under the age of 45. According to the United States Coast Guard, in 2016 alone, there were 171 documented boating injuries of a person being struck by the propeller of a vessel. 15% of these injuries resulted in death. The boat propeller isn't the only cause of bleeding injuries on the

tags: Safety

Monday, February 5, 2018

The Weems & Plath CrewWatcher man overboard (MOB) system (CrewWatcher) received the prestigious DAME Design Award in the Lifesaving and Safety category at the METSTRADE show in Amsterdam. In choosing CrewWatcher for this award the DAME Jury said, “CrewWatcher should be the winner because of the particularly simple and

tags: Awards, Safety, Software & Apps

Friday, January 26, 2018

More than $240,000 from Ohio’s Waterways Safety Fund is being provided to support 10 community boating safety education programs this year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Individual grant awards provided through the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft’s Boating Safety Education Grant

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Safety

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers, snowmobilers and other outdoor enthusiasts to exercise caution on the ice, especially as temperatures fluctuate across the state. The recent deep freeze has given way to a warming trend, which affects the integrity of ice. In addition to temperature changes, DNR

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Safety

Friday, December 29, 2017

Releasing a new PFD to the marketplace is a lengthy task that consists of testing each of its materials. The completed product is then submitted to and tested by UL (Underwriters Laboratories). Printing or tagging must be approved and only then is a Coast Guard number of approval assigned. After all these steps are completed, which

by: Capt. Fred Davis

tags: Kids & Pets, Safety

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Gov. Rick Snyder today signed a $375,000 supplemental appropriation to revitalize the Huron-to-Erie Corridor Monitoring Network, an initiative supported by the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes. The Huron-to-Erie Corridor serves as a drinking water source for 3 million people in Southeast Michigan and also supplies Ontario, Canada.

tags: Safety, Service & Repair