Safe Kids Grant County believes that prevention is the primary method of addressing traumatic injuries. Increasing life jacket use is the most direct way to meet that goal. Encouraging the voluntary use of life jackets will help educate families about the benefits of being safe while enjoying Grant County’s water.
Thirteen life jacket loaner stations at Grant County boat launches will be fully stocked and maintained throughout the months of April-September. One life jacket loaner station in Kittitas County sponsored by Safe Kids Grant County.
- Billy Clapp – Bureau of Reclamation
- Blue Heron Park – City of Moses Lake
- Blue Lake – Washington State Fish and Wildlife
- Cascade Park – City of Moses Lake
- Connelly Park – Moses Lake Irrigation and Rehabilitation District
- Coulee City Park – City of Coulee City
- Sun Lands Estate – Washington State Fish and Wildlife
- Steamboat Rock – Washington State Parks (2 stations)
- Lower Peninsula Park – City of Moses Lake
- Priest Rapids Recreation Area-Desert Aire
- Potholes – Washington State Parks
- Crescent Bay and Spring Canyon
Our program is designed to reach families boating on our water and assure their safety. Life Jacket Loaner Programs are nationwide and provide a simple way for parents to borrow a properly-sized children’s life jacket at launch ramps, marinas and waterfront businesses when a child’s life jacket is left at home or doesn’t fit properly. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office will routinely check the boards for damaged or misplaced life jackets. To avoid the temptation to not return the life jackets each one will be stamped with, “Property of Grant County Sheriff”
Even if you or your child knows how to swim, children, teens and adults should always wear a life jacket:
- When on a boat, raft or inner tube
- When swimming in open water like a lake, river or the ocean
- When playing in or near the water and on docks (for young children)
- When participating in water activities such as skiing, surfing, wind surfing, jet-skiing, etc.
How do you use a life jacket?
- Every spring, check the life jacket for fit as well as wear and tear. Throw it away if you find air leakage, mildew, rot, or rust.
- Practice wearing your life jacket in the water. Each type of jacket provides flotation in slightly different positions. Make sure your jacket works for you as designed.
- Never substitute toys, such as water wings, or plastic rings, for a life jacket.
When buying a life jacket check for:
- Coast Guard approval label.
- A snug fit. With the life jacket on, raise your arms over your head. Look to the left and right; the chest part of the jacket shouldn’t hit the chin.
- Head support for younger children. A well designed life jacket will support the child’s head when the child is in the water.
- A strap between the legs for younger children will help prevent the life jacket from coming off.
- Appropriate type of activity and water conditions. There are five different types of life jackets. Check the label or ask the salesperson to describe to you the different types and their purposes.
- Comfort and appearance. This is especially important to teens who may be less likely to want to wear a life jacket.
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