Summer will be here before we know it and in the coming weeks more people will be pulling out their boats from winter storage in preparation for launch in the waters of this state. Below are suggestions which can contribute to your safety and add to your boating pleasure.
• Know the legal requirements for your size vessel. Safety equipment must be accessible and in working condition.
• Wear your life jackets!! 85% of the boating fatalities could be avoided by wearing a personal floatation device. Remember it won’t save your life if you don’t wear it.
• Have children and non-swimmers wear a personal floatation device. Each device should be of suitable size for the intended wearer and fit securely. 90% of those who die in boating accidents drown.
• Be prepared and carry extra equipment such as a bailer (bucket), anchor, first aid kit, visual distress signal, tool kit, flashlight with extra batteries, and a cell phone.
• Don’t over load your boat. Follow the recommendations on the capacity plate of your boat.
• Capsizing, sinking, and falling overboard account for 70% of boating fatalities.
• If your boat should capsize, your best chance for survival and rescue is to stay with the boat. Pull as much of your body out of the water as possible to preserve body warmth.
• Hypothermia can be a killer; keep your body dry and warm as possible.
• It is illegal to operate any boat while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Use the designated driver concept; a sober skipper is a must.
• Stressors such as exposure to sun, wind, cold water, vibration, noise, and alcohol all affect your ability to react.
• Don’t run out of fuel. Practice the 1/3 rule: 1/3 for trip, 1/3 for return, and 1/3 for spare.
• Fuel vapors are heavier then air and collect in the bilge. Never fill gasoline cans in the boat.
• When anchoring, use a line that is several times longer than the depth of the water and never anchor by the stern.
• File a float plan. Let someone know where you’re boating and when you’ll be back.
• You’re responsible for damage or injury caused by your wake. Exercise caution around other boaters and docks.
• As of January 2009, all persons operating a motor boat greater than 10 horsepower are required to carry a Boater Education Card. The card shows that the operator has passed an approved boater education course or equivalency exam.
For further information on Boating in Oregon, people are encouraged to pick up the Oregon Boaters Handbook available at your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office or you can visit the Oregon State Marine Board web site: http://www.boatoregon.com
For more information and tips, visit our web site at http://www.lincolncountysheriff.net and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.
Razor Clams from WDFW
The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the reopening of recreational and commercial harvesting of razor clams from the south jetty of the mouth of the Siuslaw River at Florence to Heceta Head, north of Florence on the central Oregon Coast. The area had been closed since August 29, 2014 due to elevated levels of amnesic shellfish toxin (ASP) or domoic acid toxins. Shellfish samples taken from the area indicate levels of the toxins have dropped below the alert level.
A closure remains in effect from the California border to the Siuslaw River for all harvesting of razor clams due to ASP and includes razor clams on all beaches, rocks, jetties, and at the entrance to bays in this section of the Oregon Coast. All other portions of the coast north of the Siuslaw River remain open for razor clamming. Coastal scallops are not affected by this closure when only the abductor muscle is eaten. The consumption of whole recreationally harvested scallops is not recommended. Crab are not affected by this level of toxin and are safe to eat.
Shellfish contaminated with ASP toxins can cause minor to severe illness and even death. Severe poisoning can result in dizziness, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea. More severe cases can result in memory loss and death. Shellfish toxins are produced by algae and usually originate in the ocean. Toxins cannot be removed by cooking. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins weekly, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range.
For more information, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474, the Food Safety Program at (503) 986-4720 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page at http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/Pages/ShellfishClosures.aspx
Every runner should take a few moments and consider their safety while running. Running is generally a safe activity, but there are still perils worth considering and preparing for. For example running at night, while often pleasant due to lower temperatures and decreased traffic, brings with it the added danger of decreased visibility. The weather can pose running safety risks; for example, running in extremely hot or cold weather requires special precautions, in addition to running in inclement weather.
Before the Run
Arrange to run with another person.
Leave word with someone or write down where you plan to run and when you will return.
Carry some I. D. and a cell phone.
Take a whistle with you. Don’t wear a radio/headset/earphones or anything which distracts you so that you are completely aware of your environment.
Avoid unpopular areas, deserted streets, lonely trails – and especially avoid unlighted routes at night.
Vary the route and the time of day that you run.
Run in familiar areas. Note the location of neighbors you trust along your route.
Know where police are usually to be found and where businesses, stores, offices are likely to be open and active. Continue reading
Photo courtesy of ODOT
The Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are teaming up to keep Spring Break travelers safe on Oregon’s roads this year; together, we want to help you make this a safe and memorable travel time. Travel safety involves taking responsibility for your own behaviors as well as watching out for one another. It also means:
* Observing the rules of the road.
* Seeing and being seen.
* Focusing on the task at hand so you can make smart choices while being aware of what others on the road are doing.
First: Obey the Rules of the Road.
So how do we keep our roads safe? For starters, we focus our efforts on the things that contribute most to serious injury or fatal crashes. Last year during Spring Break (March 23-29), OSP troopers made over 2700 stops for violations of our Fatal-5 traffic enforcement priorities.The Fatal-5 includes Speed, Occupant Safety, Lane Safety, Impaired Driving and Distracted Driving, or S.O.L.I.D. OSP Superintendent Rich Evans puts it this way, “This kind of driving behavior creates the biggest risk to people’s safety on our roadways. Focusing on them makes the biggest impact on traffic safety.” So, you might think, “I get it – those are serious.” But then you might also think, “How about cell phones? Are you serious about them now?” And the answer is “Yes.” If you get stopped for talking/texting while driving, you will get a ticket. Phone In One Hand. Ticket in the Other. Continue reading
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is hosting a Family Fishing Event Saturday, March 28 at Devils Lake in Lincoln City.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Regatta Park. ODFW will stock the lake with 6,500 rainbow trout, including 2,000 fish that will be released in a large net pen reserved for youths.
ODFW staff and volunteers will be present to hand out equipment, and be available to teach youngsters how to bait, cast, and “reel in” their catch.
Adults can get tips on basic rigging, fish identification and casting.
This is the first of dozens of family fishing events that will be held throughout the state this year. These events are intended to help families to learn how to fish together and discover just how much fun it can be.
“This will be our 2nd annual event at Devil’s Lake,” said Christine Clapp, fish biologist in Newport. “It’s still a relatively small event compared to some others, so it’s a great opportunity to get your kids out fishing without the lines that form at some of our other events.”
Licenses are required for anyone over the age of 13, and are not available at the events. If you need a fishing license you may purchase one online or at one of ODFW’s license outlets. Juvenile licenses cost $9 each. To purchase a license on-line, visit ODFW’s website at: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/online_license_sales/index.asp .
For a list of other family fishing events, visit ODFW’s Outdoor Skills page at: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/education/angling/family_fishing.asp
plover chicks (photo by Adam Kotaich)
Waldport, OR – Nesting season for Western snowy plovers, a federally threatened shorebird, begins March 15 on several Oregon beaches. Beachgoers are asked to follow nesting season restrictions, which continue through September 15, on area beaches to protect snowy plover eggs and young. Western snowy plover nesting areas in Oregon are managed by the US Forest Service, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Bureau of Land Management, and Army Corps of Engineers. Each year, these agencies implement nesting season restrictions on the beaches they manage to reduce disturbance to nesting birds.
In some places known to be occupied by plovers, vehicle and bicycle access to the beach is prohibited during nesting season, as is camping and campfires, dog walking, and kite flying. In these plover nesting areas, hiking and horseback riding are allowed on wet sand, while dry sand is closed to all uses. Signs and ropes clearly mark which areas are off-limits during nesting season.
“I love visiting Oregon beaches with my family,” says Cindy Burns, Central Coast Ranger District and Oregon Dunes NRA Wildlife Biologist. “We share this incredible resource with the plovers and so many other animals. One of the best things we can do to ensure they’re around for our kids to enjoy is to respect their habitat, especially at critical times of the year.” Continue reading