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Water Safety Week – Lifejackets

 

It’s Water Safety Week!
June 19th – 23rd

It’s day two of Water Safety Week!  Thanks for coming back to read the blog! 🙂

Each day this week, there will be a new blog post with different topics on Water Safety. Within each blog, there will be a secret word that will be in bold letters. On Friday after the last blog post, you can email all five of the code words to marketing@epicwatersgp.com for a chance to win 4-Day Passes to Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark!

 

Swimming pools, lakes, and rivers are a common leisure and recreation destination for all ages. However, new and/or inexperienced swimmers are encouraged to always wear a properly fitted lifejacket. So, if your family enjoys spending time on or near the water, be sure to read the following tips and advice from water safety and lifejacket experts:

  • Use only lifejackets and life preservers that are tested by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and approved by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).
  • Choose one specifically for your weight and activity.
  • Choose a lifejacket with a strap between the legs for small children.
  • Check the lifejacket for proper fit: Fasten all zippers, straps and ties. The jacket should fit snugly. Pull up on the shoulders of the life jacket—the ears and chin should not slip through.
  • Wear lifejackets at all times on or near the water.
  • Make sure your child is comfortable with the lifejacket and knows how to use it.
  • Ensure the lifejacket is the right size for your child, and is always worn as instructed.
  • Do not use blow-up water wings, toys, rafts, air mattresses, boat cushions, or rescue rings in lieu of life jackets.
  • Lifejackets are never a substitute for adult supervision.

Is your family planning to be out on a boat this summer?

Remember that in Texas, children under 13 years of age, in or on a vessel (boat) under 26 feet long, must wear a US Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (lifejacket) while underway. Common water safety citations issued for boaters are for children under 13 years of age not wearing a lifejacket AND not having enough lifejackets on-board the boat.

Whether you’re visiting a waterpark, the lake, a public pool, or the beach, remember that properly fitted lifejackets need to be worn by individuals who are not strong swimmers, and if you’re on a boat in Texas, everyone under the age of 13 needs to be wearing a properly fitted lifejacket.

See you back here tomorrow!

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