The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was hosted at Bass Pro Shops across the country during National Safe Boating Week - May 18-24 - to promote water safety via “Wear IT Right” seminars. Mobile District held its seminar in Destin, FL May 19, spreading the message: "a life jacket can save your life if you 'Wear IT Right'."
Ranger Love-Jones toured the store and gave brief water safety tips to customers and handouts to kids.
Bass Pro Shop customers learned a child can drown in less than 30 seconds; an adult in 60 seconds, but it takes less than a minute to put on a life jacket. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3,400 people drown on average every year in the United States.
"Wear IT Right"
Check the Label – US Coast Guard Approved & proper size
Check for Damage – NO, broken parts, mold or rips in fabric
Fasten Up – fasten up ALL buckles, zippers & straps
Check for Proper Fit – Lift the shoulders of the life jacket & that it does not slip above the chin or ears.
Wear It! – A life jacket only works if it is worn.
Attendees also learned USACE is the leading provider of outdoor recreation in the nation, manages more than 420 lakes and river projects in 43 states that provide a diverse range of recreational opportunities. Mobile District welcome visitors and their families to enjoy the use of our lakes and recreational areas but want them to be safe by wearing life jackets CLICK HERE to start planning your recreation opporunties in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi or Georgia.