Life Jacket Trade-In Events to be Held on May 25


The Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), Radio Disney, and UC Davis Children’s Hospital announce the 13th Annual Life Jacket Trade-In. This event will take place May 25 from 4-6 p.m. at select Kohl’s Department Store locations in the Sacramento region, from noon-2 p.m. at Plaza El Segundo in El Segundo, and Old Town Plaza in Suisun City and from 2-4 p.m. at Alameda South Shore Center in Alameda.

“It is important for water enthusiasts to not only wear life jackets, but to wear them correctly,” said DBW’s acting Director Lucia Becerra.  “Life jackets that are too small will not be able to keep your body afloat.  Life jackets that are too big will cause the device to push up around the face, which could be dangerous.”

The life jackets that are traded in give parents the opportunity for the life jackets to be inspected by professionals.  If a life jacket is found to be outgrown or unserviceable, then a new, properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket is given in exchange (while supplies last).

Participating locations include:

 

Sacramento County

Kohl’s Department Stores 4-6 p.m.

 

Antelope

5030 Antelope Road

 

Elk Grove

8810 Calvine Road

 

Folsom

1013 Riley Street

 

Greenback

6135 San Juan Avenue

 

Natomas

4700 Natoma Boulevard

 

Point West – Arden

1896 Arden Way

 

Rancho Cordova

11051 Olson Drive

 

Roseville

10375 Fairway Drive

 

Los Angeles County

El Segundo

Plaza El Segundo noon-2 p.m.

760 S. Sepulveda Boulevard

 

San Francisco Bay Area

Suisun

Old Town Plaza noon-2 p.m.

Main and Solano Streets

 

Alameda

Alameda South Shore Center 2-4 p.m.

523 S. Shore Center West

 

Community partners include CBS Radio, Drowning Accident Rescue Team, Radio Disney, Sacramento Safe Kids Coalition, Solano County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, UC Davis Regents, and the U.S. Power Squadrons. This event is being conducted in connection with National Safe Boating Week (May 19-25), which aims to spread the message about life jacket wear and other safe boating practices.

 

California boating law requires all children under the age of 13, every person on board a personal watercraft (Jet Ski) or being towed behind a vessel to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.  The law also requires life jackets to be carried on a vessel for every person on board.

For more information about the life jacket trade-in or life jackets, please visit www.BoatResponsibly.com.

Note to media: DBW supplies life jackets for children and adults to public and private life jacket loan stations across the state.  The program gives an individual or family the opportunity to check out a life jacket for a day or a weekend by simply completing a loan form. For more information, visit the website listed above.

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