Boating? Get in the zone this year

lifejacketzone1If you love the water, you need to get into the zone this summer. That means wearing a life jacket, and you’ll now see Life Jacket Zone stenciled onto many of the boat launch ramps at Falls, Jordan and Kerr lakes to remind that most water accidents can be relatively minor if life jackets are involved.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is kicking off its Life Jacket Zone campaign at 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Highway 50 Boat Ramp on Falls Lake, an area managed by the state parks system. The event will feature interactive displays, and it’ll be an excellent opportunity to get boating and water safety questions answered by experts and leave with some free giveaways. There will also be a free life jacket exchange for children while supplies last.

The three large N.C reservoirs are managed jointly by three agencies cooperating in the Life Jacket Zone effort – the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the state parks system, which operates state recreation areas at the lakes, and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, which enforces boating regulations and manages gamelands on surrounding shoreline. All have a stake in keeping boaters, swimmers and anglers safe on the water.

lifejacketzoneA Life Jacket Zone photo contest also kicks off Saturday and is a fun way to be safe this summer and win some cool prizes while doing so. Just snap a photo of yourself, family or friends properly wearing a life jacket and submit it to the Life Jacket Zone Facebook site. Photos with the most “likes” at summer’s end will win some great prizes.

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