EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD is working to promote child safety on the Columbia River this recreational season.
In an attempt to prevent accidents on the water, Grant PUD is providing Grant and Kittitas County marine patrols with “I Got Caught wearing my life jacket” shirts and footballs to hand out to children who are wearing their life jackets.
This campaign is Grant PUD’s way of congratulating children and parents who stay safe while recreating. “This is all part of our Strategic Plan. Our number one goal is to promote public safety on the water” said Jerri Mickle, Parks and Recreation Supervisor at Grant PUD.
In year’s past, Grant PUD has done a “Wear it” campaign, “Kids don’t float” campaign and even worked with local businesses to raise money to purchase life jackets to have at recreation sites for the public to use. Today, they continue to work to keep the river drown-free by having life jackets available for the public to use at recreational sites and acknowledge those who are using them.
Most drowning deaths are preventable if a life jacket is worn. Last year, 418 people drowned in United States, 337 of them weren’t wearing a life jacket (according to the US Coast Guard). Enjoy the water, take a dip in the river, but please wear your life jacket.
For more information and other safety tips, visit grantpud.org/community/safety/on-the-water
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