National Safe Boating Week

With Memorial Day almost upon us, this means summer time is rapidly approaching and recreating on the water is a great way to spend time with family and friends! Every year National Safe Boating Week is the kick off to the summer recreation season, and Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day is a part of that! Water Safety is important to the Corps of Engineers because statistics show that drowning is the leading cause of death in 76 percent of all boating fatalities – with 84.5 percent of drowning victims not wearing a life jacket. Locally, on average, nine people drown per year while out recreating at Little Rock District lakes and rivers.

Corps of Engineers Little Rock District employees wearing life jackets for Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day at Table Rock Lake. 17 May 2019. (Photo by unknown)

As a result, the Corps takes every opportunity to promote water safety, even one drowning is one too many. By wearing their life jackets to work, Corps employees are bringing attention to a very important cause. This year the Little Rock District issued a challenge to encourage media within the district, not just Corps employees, to participate. Getting the word out in any way possible, is a great way for this important safety message to reach everyone.


Corps of Engineers Little Rock District employees wearing life jackets for Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day. 17 May 2019. (Photo by John Hoffman)

And don’t forget our furry friends need to be water safe as well! There are life jackets made especially for dogs and come in a variety of sizes.

Charleigh the St. Bernard is wearing a life jacket for Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day. 17 May 2019. (Photo by Amanda Kovak)

According to Natural Resource Specialist Brooke Thomason, “Rangers want everyone to visit the lakes and rivers this recreation season, but they also want everyone to return home to their families safely.”  So if you are going to be in or around the water this summer, please remember to wear your life jacket; because you don’t want your first holiday of the summer to be your last.


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