CPW encourages others to “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work” on May 19
DENVER - Colorado Parks and Wildlife is proud to support and encourage Coloradans to participate in “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work” Day, Friday, May 19. CPW joins boating professionals and boating enthusiasts to heighten awareness of different life jacket types that are available, including inflatable life jackets, and demonstrate their comfort and versatility by wearing them to work.
Safety matters in Colorado, which is a prime destination for outdoor recreation with more than 160 boatable lakes and rivers.
The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council, serves as a fun and educational way to kick off National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26, the official launch of the 2017 North American Safe Boating Campaign. Educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of life jackets has been a main focus of the North American Safe Boating Campaign.
“If you look at boat accident numbers, the need for wearing your life jacket is really clear,” said CPW’s Boat Safety Program Manager, Grant Brown. “The importance of your lifejacket should never be in question. It could be the one thing that saves your life and it doesn't work if you're not wearing it.”
Nationally drowning was the cause of death for approximately 76 percent of fatal boat accidents. Of those victims, 86 percent were not wearing their life jackets.
“A common excuse we hear for not wearing a life jacket is that the person can swim, so it's unnecessary,” adds Brown. “What a lot of people don't realize is how Colorado's cold water or a medical condition may unexpectedly affect them. Also, the conditions of the water or the activity people are participating in can increase risks as well. By the time many victims realize they're in trouble, it may be too late.”
“Wear Your Life Jacket to Work” Day takes place on Friday, May 19. The National Safe Boating Council asks all participants to take a picture of themselves in their life jacket while at work and post it to the “Ready, Set, Wear It!” Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/ReadySetWearIt) or submit directly to the NSBC firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants are also encouraged to tweet their picture using #WearItColorado.
Members of the boating public as well as those interested in showing the wearability of life jackets are encouraged to participate. More information about the event and safe boating is available at www.Facebook.com/ReadySetWearIt.