As the Central New York Boat Show wrapped up on Sunday, one of the focuses of the event was to remind people about safety.
The show was held at the New York State Fairgrounds and ran Wednesday through Sunday. It featured more than 500 models of boats, and the exhibit filled two halls at the fairgrounds.
Gene Little, a division staff officer at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, was staffing a booth that offered boating classes. Little had three tips for boater safety: wearing a lifejacket, knowing signals and taking measures to protect against spreading invasive species.
"I think most of the excuses of, 'I don't want wear a lifejacket can be resolved with the different styles and types of lifejackets that are available, that's No. 1," he said.
Little said it's important to know basic signals and have flares in case you're having problems, and that "you're not standing up in your boat just waving your arms and saying, 'I need help.'"
Lastly, he said people should properly clean, drain and dry their boats to protect against spreading invasive species such as hydrilla.