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July 23, 2018 - Ignition Safety Switch (Engine shut –off)

Most powerboats and personal watercraft (PWC’s) are equipped with an emergency safety switch. This device is designed to shut off the engine if the operator falls off the PWC or is thrown from the operating position or out of a powerboat. A lanyard connects the safety switch to the operator’s wrist or PFD. When the lanyard is pulled from the switch, the engine shuts off. In South Carolina, it is illegal to operate a PWC without a fully operational self-circling device or a lanyard type ignition safety switch. If the lanyard type is used, the lanyard must be attached to the person operating the PWC. There is no law requiring a powerboat operator to wear the lanyard, however, many lives could be saved by doing so. If your powerboat is not equipped with one, you should have one installed. Let’s all do our part to make our waterways safe this summer. Find out more about this and other safety rules by taking a free boater education course.

Find our course listings at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/education/boated.html or by calling 800-277-4301.