Wear Your Life Jacket to Work on Friday

Friday is Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day. The National Safe Boating Council encourages all boaters to participate by wearing their life jacket to work (or from wherever they are safely working) to spread awareness of water and boat safety.

“If you love boating, this awareness day is for you! No matter if you’re on the job or working safely from home, Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day is an opportunity to have fun and share with others just how much you love boating,” said Yvonne Pentz, communications director of the National Safe Boating Council, the lead organization for the Safe Boating Campaign, a worldwide effort focused on responsible boating.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational boating fatalities in 2018, and that 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. With a large percentage of outdoor recreation involving water our area, safety is very important.

You can participate in Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day, by sharing a picture yourself on social media wearing a life jacket at work or home and using the hashtag #lifejacket2work and tagging @boatingcampaign on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Winners will be chosen randomly throughout the day to receive boating swag from the Safe Boating Campaign, such as t-shirts, dry bags, first aid kits, stickers, and more.

May 16 – 22nd is National Safe Boating Week

Boating and fishing access information, educational resources, and more safe boating tips can be found at safeboatingcampaign.com. The Safe Boating Campaign is produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand