April 10 GRDA Weekly Updates
Essential Spring Boat & Dock Maintenance
- Remove trip hazards! Extension cords, fishing rods, dock Lines, etc. can be dangerous if you don’t see it. You could trip, fall, and possibly break something.
- Check extension cords, electrical connections and electrical lines for signs of wear that indicate they need to be replaced.
- Check the deck/walkways for screws or nails that are sticking up, warped boards, etc. and get them repaired. Don’t take the chance on an injury from a fall due to problems with your dock decking.
- Lift Tanks & Lines- look at these and make sure they won’t be hit by the boat when you are departing or arriving at the slip.
- Charge the battery. After sitting idle all winter, the battery may be low — or even dead. Plug it in overnight to charge it, or purchase a new battery if necessary. Check the acid levels in the battery and top them off with distilled water.
- Top off the fuel tank. You don't want to be stranded in the middle of the water.
- Inspect the engine. Make sure all parts are in good condition.
- Look for loose hose clamps.
- Replace the spark plugs.
- Inspect belts, cables and hoses to make sure they aren't cracked or brittle.
- Check the impeller to make sure it's not too worn. Impellers typically need to be replaced every two years or after 200 hours of use.
- Don't forget life jackets. Make sure you have enough on board and that they are all in good condition, easily accessible and sized appropriately for passengers.
- Review other safety gear. Check your safety items, such as a first-aid kit, flares, fire extinguisher and flashlights, and store them in a waterproof container where they will be readily accessible.
Life Jacket Saves Lives
Public Safety Telecommunicator Week
Understanding Severe Weather Outlooks
Safety Education Programs Ramp Up
GRDA Police Officer Billy Blackwell (left)visited with allot people recently at the Wagoner County Emergency Management Expo in Coweta. Officers will be attending a number of community events in the coming months in order to share the message about water safety and the importance of using life jackets.
Did You Know?
Two-thirds of drowning victims are described as good swimmers.
GRDA Shares “Adopt the Shoreline” Schedule, Dumpster Locations
Big Bird Bail Out
GRDA Police responded to the area of Gray's Cove on the Elk River for a call of a pelican in distress. The large bird had been tangled in a jug line for two days and was unable to escape. GRDA Police Captain Casey King went to the rescue of the entrapped bird, and was able to successfully release the animal back to freedom. People or Pelicans, GRDA Police is there for the rescue!
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Boating Tips From the GLSPS
By the Book
Adopt The Shoreline