Safe Boating Week Reminds Boaters to ‘Wear It!’
By Office of Communication
Posted on May 22, 2012, May 22, 2012

National Safe Boating Week is May 19-25, 2012.

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the recreational boating season and the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) encourages all boaters to wear a life jacket each and every time they are on the water.

As the weather starts to warm up, we're all anxious to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Families and friends gather together to enjoy the outdoors and spend time on the water - boating, fishing, sailing, and more. But, with approximately 500 people drowning each year in the U.S. from recreational boating accidents, it is imperative to remember that safe boating saves lives.

"Accidents on the water can happen much too fast to reach and put on a stowed life jacket," said Virgil Chambers, executive director of the NSBC. "There's no reason why you, your family and friends, can't have fun on the water while wearing a life jacket."

Everyone should also be reminded that life jackets meant for adults do not work for children. If you are boating with children, make sure they are wearing properly fitted, child-sized life jackets. Don't buy a life jacket for your child to "grow into."

By planning ahead and taking basic safety precautions, boat operators and passengers can help prevent tragedy by wearing a life jacket and by forgoing alcohol consumption while on or operating a boat.

Statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities in 2010, and that 88 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

"A life jacket can't save your life unless you "Wear It!," continued Chambers. "With today's variety of comfortable, stylish life jackets, there's a life jacket for everyone - even our four-legged friends!

For more information about boating in Arlington, see LAKE ARLINGTON RULES AND REGULATIONS.

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