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Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day in Georgia

By Pamela A. Keene
 
It’s a great conversation starter to spread the word about boating and water safety. Surely if you wear your life jacket to work, to shop or eat out, people will take notice. As part of the Annual Safe Boating Campaign May 19-25, national and local groups are urging people to do just that on Friday, May 18
 
“This is a fun way to educate your co-workers and your community about the importance of wearing life jackets, the different types that are available and how to be safe around the water,” said Barbara Tyson with Atlanta’s Boating Club, which is spearheading the event on Lake Lanier and Allatoona Lake. “When you wear your life jacket to work, shopping or eating out that day, snap a photo and share it on social media through #lifejacket2work and #safeboating.” 
 
Atlanta’s Boating Club/Atlanta Sail and Power Squadron is joined by the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in spreading the word about boating safety this season.
 
The Corps’ “Life Jacket Worn; Nobody Mourns” has been promoted in and around Corps of Engineer lakes for several years. Those who drive across Buford Dam can see the flashing reminder sign next to the area where the current lake level at Lanier is posted.
 
A variety of events will take place this summer to raise awareness of life jacket and boating safety. On Saturday, May 19, visitors and spectators at the Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour are asked to help break the world record for the most people wearing life jackets over four days this summer as part of “Ready, Set, Wear It! Life Jacket World Record Day.” 
 
Flotilla 29 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Atlanta’s Boating Club will sponsor and staff a Safety Booth at the event on May 29, promoting boating safety, boating classes and handing out educational materials. 
 
Other “Ready, Set, Wear It!” events are scheduled for Dallas Landing Park at Allatoona Lake on Saturday, June 9, and separate events at two locations on Lake Lanier on Saturday, July 7, and Saturday, August 11.
 
For more info, visit the National Safe Boating Council’s website at www.safeboatingcouncil.org or www.ReadySetWearIt.com.

Posted online 4/30/18
 
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