Going Boating? Please Wear a Life Jacket!
Posted at 1:45 p.m.
You may head out on a boat to the Potomac River or other bodies of water in the coming weeks. We want you and your family to be safe.
Boating safety advocates are teaming up to promote safe and responsible boating, including consistent life jacket wear during National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23.
According to U.S. Coast Guard statistics, drowning was the cause of death in nearly 75 percent of recreational boating fatalities in 2012, and that 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.
Life Jacket Safety Tips
No matter what activity you have planned – boating, fishing, paddling or other water activities – always remember to wear a life jacket every time you are on the water. Accidents on the water can happen much too fast to reach and put on a stowed life jacket.
Make sure your life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard approved.
Double check that your life jacket is appropriate for your favorite water activities.
Take the time to ensure a proper fit. A life jacket can be too large or too small.
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. Do not buy a life jacket for your child to “grow into.”
Get more information from the safe boating campaign.