Life jacket lockers are now open at several local lakes, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend.
According to Safe Kids of Snohomish County, drowning is the second highest cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of 1 to 4 and 10 to 19. More drownings occur in May and June than in any other month.
Life jackets are now available at Lynnwood’s Martha Lake, located at 16300 E. Shore Dr. Life jacket lockers are also now open at Twin Lakes, Lake Tye Park, Silver Lake, Wyatt Park, Flowing Lake, Lake Goodwin and Wenberg.
Safe Kids of Snohomish County offers these tips to keep kids safe in the water:
- Always designate an adult to supervise your child/teen at all times.
- No matter how good a swimmer you are, it is easy to misjudge the water or your skills. If you are tired, rest and stay out of the water. Drowning happens to even the strongest swimmers who become too tired to make it back to shore.
- Many lakes and rivers are cold enough to cause hypothermia, even in the summer. Calm rivers can hide dangerous undercurrents, rocks and tree branches. Rivers are unpredictable and should be avoided.
- Even strong swimmers can benefit from a life jacket. Wear a life jacket when swimming, boating, inner-tubing or rafting. Play toys such as water wings, air mattresses and swim noodles are not safety devices.
- Respond quickly when someone appears to be in trouble. Know your location and contact medical personal quickly.